'I am not connected to the right people'
This excuse is a popular one, but God is the master of our destinies. He has already positioned you exactly where you should be so that His plan can happen in your life.
In 2 Samuel 9:1-13, the Bible states that after King Saul was killed in battle, David was installed as king. Fearing for their lives, Saul's family tried to escape, and in a panic, Mephibosheth's nurse snatched him up and ran, but tripped and dropped the baby, leaving him crippled. The escaping servants then carried him to an inhospitable village called 'Lo Debar'. There, Mephibosheth would stay desolate for many years as a fugitive, crippled, alone and in a hopeless place, all because of his family's history.
So many of us feel like Mephibosheth. We have the desire to live out our potential, but feel trapped and helpless, and for some, it is not even our fault or because of something we did.
But the truth is that to achieve your purpose, you don't have to be connected with the 'right people'. You only need to be connected with Jesus Christ, who wants to use you where you are. Even when we think we are too far gone, God has made provision for your deliverance. The people you need to know or who need to know you are already strategically placed in your life for you to walk into your destiny.
Before Mephibosheth was born, God had set things in place for his deliverance and we, too, can learn how to take the opportunity to walk into the favour of God. How can we do this?
WE MUST ...
1 Know that deliverance can come from an unlikely source
Mephibosheth thought the new king was his enemy; but David would be his deliverer. "David said, 'Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake ?'" 2 Samuel 9:1 NIV.
Jonathan, who was Saul's son, was also David's best friend. David remembered a promise he made to Jonathan - to be faithful to and love his family.
The same way David looked for Mephibosheth is the same way God is looking for you. He is our deliverer.
2 Overcome false perceptions
We put too much value on how we perceive things and ourselves. Resist those thoughts and know that you have worth.
David's servant, Ziba, belittled Mephibosheth as a cripple, but David ignored this as he was on a greater mission, and the condition of the man was irrelevant. So David sent for Mephibosheth.
Imagine Mephibosheth's fear for his life, living as a worthless refugee all these years and now being carried before the king. Let us not allow perception to control our destinies. We can overcome the perception about what others think about us and our own fears and leave our 'Lo Debar'.
When David saw him, he said: "Don't be afraid, for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. Mephibosheth bowed down and said, 'What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?'" 2 Samuel 9:7-8 NIV
Mephibosheth's reply was just like many persons. I am nothing. Not only was Mephibosheth's perception of others incorrect, but also his perception of himself.
And just like Mephibosheth, King Jesus has a better plan for you. He wants to heal the broken, lift up the downtrodden, set the addicted free, elevate the depressed, open doors for the jobless, provide shelter for the homeless, and give joy and hope to the hopeless.
3 Recognise that God wants us to be a part of His family forever
David gave Mephibosheth a place at the royal table and he was again recognised as a son of the king - from obscurity to royalty.
The story of Mephibosheth is a reflection of what God wants to do for all of us. He wants to take us out of obscurity and promote us as children of God to be used for His glory. The question is: Are you ready to walk in the favour of God?
- Dwight Fletcher is pastor of Transformed Life Church. Send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.