God Is Kind
"That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus." (Ephesians 2:7)
David had just become king of Israel. He summoned a servant of Saul, the former king, and asked him, "Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him?" (2 Samuel 9:3)
The servant told the king about Mephibosheth, a grandson of Saul who was still living. Mephibosheth had fallen when he was a little boy, and his injuries had never healed correctly. Now he was lame. He could not be a great warrior for King David, and he couldn't be of much help as a servant. If anything, he would only be a burden to the king.
David called Mephibosheth to his house. He told Mephibosheth that he had been good friends with his father, Jonathan. He invited the lame man to live with him in his palace, to own the land that had belonged to Saul, and to eat at the king's table for the rest of his life. Mephibosheth hardly knew what to say. He could not imagine why the king would even think twice about a man like him, but he bowed before David and gratefully accepted his offer.
How was David's act of kindness like the kindness of God? God had a plan to show kindness to us before we were even born. He showed us kindness through the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, who died for our sins and provided a way for us to come to God. In a way, we too were "lame." We were completely undeserving. There was nothing that we could do to help ourselves or to earn God's favor. We were dead in our sins. But because of God's great mercy and love, He brought us alive at the moment of our salvation. He brought us into His family and now He provides for us everything that we need. The best news of all is that His wonderful plans of kindness are not finished yet. Ephesians tells us that He has great treasuries of grace and kindness stored up for "the ages to come," throughout eternity!
God has shown His kindness to us in Jesus Christ, and He will continue to do so through all eternity.
» Do I understand how undeserving I am of God's kindness?
» Have I bowed before God today and thanked Him for His kindness to me?
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