2 Samuel 9:6-8 “Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant! And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually. And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?”
We all have a mirror that we have fashioned through which we see ourselves. It may be that the lighting is a bit dim and the surroundings, soft. The mirror itself may change what the viewer may see into something more beautiful; something more handsome than what reality may reveal.
It hides warts, the lines, and the age spots. It may fill in the thinning hairline or remove the grey. But then for some, that mirror may be a cruel reminder of how harsh life has been and how unfortunate our situation and circumstances have been.
The deep crevices etched across our face are there to remind us of the seasons of distress, grief, and loss. The downward turn of our mouth seems to have settled into a permanent frown; telling all the world how dissatisfied we are with life in general and our life in particular. We tell ourselves; “How could anyone love someone so wretched looking?”
But, there will come a day when we see ourselves for what we truly are – sinners standing before a holy, righteous, pure, perfect, God.
When reading the account of Mephibosheth, I see his estimation far below what David saw. David was looking through eyes of such love for his friend Jonathan. Here was Jonathan’s son; lame in both his feet, living in Lo-debar – a place whose name means ‘without pasture’ a place without rest.
David sends for him to show him kindness. In their first meeting, Mephibosheth cannot seem to grasp why the king would want to do such a thing. Mephibosheth’s mirror saw only ugliness, grief, loss and rejection. David’s mirror had beauty, mercy, love, and grace.
Pride often keeps us from seeing what we truly need to deal with to right the ship and get on the right path. God has a mirror through which He desires all of mankind to look – it is the Word of God.
When you and I look into the Word, we see our sin for what it truly is. We see ourselves for who we are before a holy God. We see our situation and circumstances and where they will lead us.
But we also see, God; in His infinite love, never intending to leave us that way.
When we are saved, we are given a new nature. Our spirit, which once was dead, is now alive. Our sins which separated us from a holy God are now washed clean – under the blood of Jesus Christ and never to be remembered by God again… ever! I am adopted into a family royal. I am given a place; a mansion up in Heaven, awaiting my arrival.
We are given the earnest of the Holy Spirit. His indwelling that keeps me comforts me; leads me; guides me convicts me of my sin, and leads me to repentance, confession, and restoration in my relationship with the Father.
By invitation of the king, Mephibosheth is now living in a house provided for and staffed by the king. He is invited to dine daily at the king’s table. His daily care and every need are now overseen by one who’s love wanted to honor him.
While on this earth, we are all on God’s radar. His provision for all living is exemplified in this passage:
2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
Jesus says to us all:
Luke 19:10 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Through the mirror of God’s Word, I see myself and my sin. In so reading, I find my sin to be exceedingly sinful. Through the blood of Jesus Christ, I am made righteous, holy, accepted, and secure in a love I could never have known to exist before this.
Even though my eyes cannot see it, God saw me as worthy. Worthy of His love. Worthy of the sacrifice of His Son. He knew what He was getting when He chose me. Yet, from before the beginning of time, He planned to redeem me from sin’s curse to what He could do once transformed into His child.
Dear reader, God saw you worthy. Worthy of the sacrifice. Worthy of the time and effort to redeem your soul. Worthy of the loss He would experience when He had to turn His back on His Son as He, for the first time, tasted sin.
Our enemy wants us to see with eyes blinded to the new man we’ve become. He wants to blind us to what God has given. Take some time to reflect on The actions God has taken to show that we are indeed worthy.
One of my all-time favorite songs, “Worth It” by Brian Free and Assurance, tells of that truth. You can listen to it here.