RESTORATION AMONG GENERATIONS
“’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 9:7 (NLT)
Saul, the previous King of Israel, disobeyed the Lord and lost his kingdom and his crown. All that Saul owned was taken away from him. Saul’s grandson, Mephibosheth, was his only descendent left alive. David, the new king, made a promise to Saul’s son, Jonathan. David assured he would show kindness to Jonathan’s son. When David found Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth, living as a cripple, David restored all the land his grandfather had lost. And David also gave him a place to live in the palace. Mephibosheth was restored.
In this great story of restoration, Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the grandson of Saul, had lived a life of privilege in his ancestor’s rulership. Then one day because of the sins of his Grandfather, all was gone, all was taken, his father and grandfather were killed. When David found him, Mephibosheth was crippled and an outcast. Yet the Lord made a way for him to be restored because of the right relationship between David and his father Jonathan. Because of right relationship all that had been lost was restored and he was able to dwell in the palace with King David.
God the Father sent his son, Jesus Christ, to bring salvation and restoration on this earth. Many of us know people who have tasted the life inside the palace of the Lord, only to be tempted to leave. Through prayer, God can restore those who have gone astray. I knew of a young man who turned his back on the Lord and started living a homosexual lifestyle. I vowed to pray for that young man until he returned to the Lord. Two years later, on a Saturday afternoon, I received a call from that young man telling me he had gone back to church, repented of his sins, and turned away from the lifestyle that had ensnared him. God was able to use this young man to minister to many who had become caught up in the same struggles he had experienced. He contracted AIDS before he returned to the Lord. He eventually lived two years longer than expected, but died knowing the Lord and ministering for him. Today I know he is in Heaven fully restored. That young man was my younger brother Jeff.
Practical Application: Pray like there is no tomorrow; hold on to the promises of God. Then stand back and see the Glory of the Lord.