2Samuel 9:7 NKJV So David said to him, “(Fear Not)Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually.”
A few weeks ago as we journeyed through the Scriptures looking at the topic of fear, we talked about how fear can cause us to act rashly, making hasty decisions and performing sloppy. We saw a five year old boy, Mephibosheth become permanently crippled as a result of his nursemaids overwhelming but uncalled for fear based on speculation instead on truth.
Approximately eighteen years have gone by since that day. David’s kingship has finally firmly been established and now he is looking for any descendants of Saul that he can bless in remembrance and to honor the covenant he had made with Jonathon (2 Samuel 9:1). It is brought to his attention that Jonathon’s son Mephibosheth is still alive. David at once calls to have Mephibosheth brought to him so that he may show kindness to him.
Mephibosheth was residing in Lodebar, a place of no pasture, of desolation, and of no hope. Yet opportunity arises… he is summoned to go before the king. It doesn’t say how he was notified, but I think David probably sent a messenger (probably Ziba) along with a couple of soldiers to go find Mephibosheth. Upon their return, Mephibosheth throws himself to the ground before David crying out, “at your service, my king.” David recognizes Mephibosheth’s obvious fears and tells him to, “Fear Not.” David only had good things to offer him and wanted to bless him. David gave him, property, a business, employees, a place to stay in the palace, and people to run it all so Mephibosheth could sit at David’s table as one of his sons and enjoy all the benefits thereof.
There is so much we could look at here, but staying on topic let’s examine Mephibosheth’s fear. He probably feels like his whole life he’s been dealt a bad hand and it really hasn’t been too great. His dad is dead, we don’t know about his mother. His nursemaid dropped him at age five, crippling him for life. His only job prospect is to become a beggar, but thankfully he has been taken in by a kind family in an impoverished, ugly and desolate land. He has no property to leave his children, he has no means to provide for his family, and now the man who his grandfather tried to kill is now king and wants to see him. Mephibosheth only saw negative outcomes for his future. He grew up being told he couldn’t do things, watching others aspire to things he was told weren’t possible for him. He had no hope for a better life. But, David only wanted good for him and kept his word to bless him and his family. Had he been able to run, he may have even fled, missing out on what he saw as another set-back or punishment of life, which was in reality an opportunity.
Hopelessness causes people to see glorious opportunities and horrible failures. It causes them to fear the very opportunities that could change their lives and instead of embracing those opportunities they hide and run from them. They are afraid of the outcome. Your past only dictates your future, if you continue to do what you’ve done in the past. Maybe life has been rough on you, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. God has a future and a hope for you (Jeremiah 29:11). The job you don’t apply for because you’re afraid you wouldn’t get it anyway, is the job you might be looking for you. The promotion you don’t put in for because you are afraid of getting rejected, might have your name all over it. Don’t allow fear to convince you to simply not try. NO… expect to get that interview, expect to get the job, expect to get the promotion. Quit expecting to get fired and never hired. You’re fear will keep you in Lodebar when you should be among royalty. Expect good things to come your way and Fear Not!