So David sent for him and brought him from Makir’s home. His name was Mephibosheth; he was Jonathan’s son and Saul’s grandson. When he came to David, he bowed low to the ground in deep respect. David said, “Greetings, Mephibosheth.” Mephibosheth replied, “I am your servant.” “Don’t be afraid!” David said. “I intend to show kindness to you because of my promise to your father, Jonathan. I will give you all the property that once belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will eat here with me at the king’s table!” 2 Samuel 9:5-7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, in God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me? Psalm 56:3-4
Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
The cycle of vengeance, hate, and fear were broken in David’s life and in the lives of others like Saul and his grandson Mephiposheth. It was all because David, in response to God’s presence and power in His life, was willing to play his “Reverse” card. In the face of the presence and power of conditioning and culture that pressed and pushed him to live out “an eye for an eye, and tooth for a tooth” approach for responding to evil, David was victorious over vengeance, hate, and fear.
Fear is a powerful force, but God’s presence is an even greater force. “Do not fear, for I am with you.” These are truly powerful words but they are so much more. They speak of a powerful reality that is all ours to receive moment by moment if we will choose God’s presence over fear. God tells us in His Word that “perfect love casts out fear.” Truly this is the “Reverse” card we need today. May God be merciful to us and through His perfect love deliver us from fear.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, help me to consistently choose and pursue knowing your love and your presence. Caste out all fear from my mind, heart, and life. I know this is the key to my becoming one who metes out love and kindness instead of being an “eye for eye, and tooth for tooth” kind of person. Amen!
Posted on Thu, February 23, 2017
by Ken Hart