"What ever you ask in my name that I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name I will do."
Some people go through life accepting anything that comes their way. They have the tendency to be a pauper and never the foresight to be bold and collect what belongs to them.
Mephibosheth was the grandson of King Saul and the son of Jonathan. Jonathan and David were best friends and had actually entered into a covenant relationship, similar to the ancient covenant of being "blood brothers." At that time that meaning meant whatever one had, it belonged to the other. Most importantly, in this relationship, if something were to happen to one of these two men, the other remaining brother would be obligated to care of the others' family.
King Saul and Jonathan were killed in battle on the same day. When word got back to the palace, a servant grabbed Mephibosheth, Jonathan's younger son; picked him up, and fled the city. In such a rush to get out of Jerusalem, the servant tripped and fell carrying the child. Mephibosheth became crippled as a result. The servant transported Jonathan's son all the way to a city called Lodebar, one of the most desolate, poverty-stricken cities in that region. That is where Mephibosheth, grandson of the king, lived his entire life. Here is a descendant of the king living in the worst conditions possible.
David succeed Saul as king, and years later, long after Saul and Jonathan had passed away, David asked his staff, "Is there anyone left from the house of Saul that I could show kindness to for Jonathan's sake?" After all that was part of the covenant of the blood brothers.
David was informed that Jonathan had a son that was still alive, so he ordered that man to be brought to his palace. When Mephibosheth arrived he was fearful. After all, his grandfather had chased David throughout the country trying to kill him. Now that Saul's family had been decimated and was no longer a thereat to David, Mephibosheth probably felt that David planned to execute him as well.
Instead, David said to him, "Don't be afraid. I want to show kindness to you because of your father, Jonathan. I am going to give you back all the land that once belonged to your grandfather, Saul. And from this day forward you will eat at my table as though you were one of my sons." David treated Mephibosheth as royalty. After all, he was the grandson of the King. And David was in a covenant relationship with his father.
Based on that alone, Mephibosheth knew he had rights. He could have gone to the palace and said, "King David, I'm Jonathan's son. I'm living in poverty down in Lodebar, and I know that I'm made for more than that. I'm here to claim what belongs to be through my father's covenant relationship with you."
Instead he settled for mediocrity. When David told him that hew was going to take care of him, the Bible says, "Mephibosheth bowed his head low and said, 'Who am I that you should notice such a dead dong like me?'" (2 Samuel 9:8). This image states that Mephibosheth felt defeated, possibly a loser and an outcast. Yes, he was the grandson of the king, but his inner view of himself kept him from receiving the privileges that rightfully belonged to him.
Are you doing the same? is your self-image contrary to the way god sees you that you are missing out on God's best? God see you as a winner, but you may see yourself as a dead dog. You need to replace those thoughts with a prosperous mind-set. Be bold and claim what is yours.
This week's meditation:
Lord open my eyes. I am determined to see.