Today’s reading: 2 Samuel 9:1-13

Words are cheap. It’s easy to tell someone we’ll lend a helping hand or pray for them. But putting our words into action requires follow through and effort, and many times what we say and promise to do just doesn’t happen.

One of my favorite parts of David’s life story is his reaching out to Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth. Way back in 1 Samuel 20, David and Jonathan promise they will support and uphold each other, and David specifically promises that he will show kindness to Jonathan’s family in the future (see 1 Samuel 20:12-17 and 42). Well, as we reach 2 Samuel 9, years have gone by and David who is now king, is in a position to follow through on his earlier promise to Jonathan, and he does just that. He holds true to his words and follows through on the promise he made to his closest friend. And what’s so extraordinary about this account is that David doesn’t just show kindness to Mephibosheth. Instead, he goes above and beyond–giving back all of Saul’s property (can you imagine how massive this had to be?), putting in place servants to work the land, and providing for Mephibosheth to always eat at his table. These words from verse 11 capture and convey David’s faithful and committed heart.

“So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table, like one of the king’s sons.”

When we follow through on what we say, what message(s) does that send to those we’re dealing with? What about to people who are watching? How does being faithful to our commitments benefit us and others? Tami

Source: Tami’s Blog