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Devotional: Grace, Grace, Marvelous Grace

And David said, “Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” (2 Samuel 9:1)

After King Saul and his son Jonathan were killed in battle, David was poised to become the new ruler of Israel. In those days, it was common for someone in David’s position to kill any surviving heirs of the previous monarch in order to avoid or quickly end any potential power struggle.

Mephibosheth was Jonathan’s young son. He was only five years old when his nurse received news of Saul and Jonathan’s fate. As she took up the child and fled in haste, Mephibosheth fell and was crippled in both feet (2 Samuel 4:4).

The ninth chapter of 2 Samuel begins with King David asking if there is anyone left of the house of Saul to whom he might show kindness for Jonathan’s sake. David learns that there is a surviving son who is lame and unable to provide for his own family. Mephibosheth is found and brought into the house of King David. Once in the king’s presence, Mephibosheth falls on his face out of fear and respect.

But David quickly extends grace and informs Mephibosheth that he intends to show him kindness for the sake of his father (David’s friend) and his grandfather (David’s enemy). Mephibosheth responds with humility, asking why David should have any regard for someone so wretched. He even refers to himself as “a dead dog.” But David tells Mephibosheth that he will eat at the king’s table for the rest of his life.

What a marvelous picture of compassion and grace! Like Mephibosheth, we too need grace. Every one of us knows what it’s like to feel lonely, crippled, fearful, and hungry. Yes, it can be hard at first to humble ourselves before King Jesus, but He offers us bountiful, unconditional love and kindness and promises that we will eat at His table in eternity!

Because He freely gives us grace, we must be generous givers of grace. We need to be like David, having a heart of compassion and looking for opportunities to share our blessings with others. Our list of grace recipients should include loved ones, friends, acquaintances, strangers, neighbors, and even enemies. After all, Jesus taught us to love those who speak evil against us. That’s easier said than done, but we need to be mindful and obedient in this.

Heavenly Father, thank you for the grace you have so lavishly given me. I don’t deserve any of the wonderful blessings you’ve allowed me to enjoy. Help me to be a person of grace, having compassion on those in need, serving others with a humble heart, and sharing the love of Christ with those who are hurting. And Lord, help me to do the difficult work of loving those who hate me, because all of us need grace. Bring glory to yourself as I become more gracious in my walk and in my speech. In Jesus’ name, I pray this. Amen.

Walking by faith and enjoying the homeschooling adventure of a lifetime!

Davis Carman

© 2017 Davis Carman

 If you enjoyed this devotional by Davis Carman, enjoy reading his devotional entitled Is Life Squeezing You Like a Sponge?

Davis is the president of Apologia Educational Ministries, the #1 publisher of Creation-based science and Bible curriculum. He is the author of four illustrated children’s books designed to help kids learn a biblical worldview. He believes that if there was ever a time to homeschool, it is now!

Davis’s four books include: Good Morning, Godbased on Deuteronomy 6, A Light for My Pathan ABC book based on Psalm 119, In the Beginning, based on the Creation account in Genesis, and Psalms to Know Early.

© 2017 Davis Carman





He freely gives us grace, we must be generous givers of grace. We need to be like David, having a heart of compassion and looking for opportunities to share our blessings with others.

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