Mercy And Restoration

Every time I read about King David in the Bible, I come away with a deeper respect for him. In II Samuel, life was going good for David. He was king and had just brought his son, Absalom, home to set aside their differences. Instead of being grateful, Absalom stole the hearts of Israel, betrayed his father and took the kingdom away from him. David had to flee his beloved Jerusalem to keep from being killed. As he was taking one last look from the summit of the Mount of Olives, he was met by the servant of Mephibosheth.

Mephibosheth was Jonathon’s son and King Saul’s grandson. David had taken him in and let him eat from his table. When David asked the servant where he was, the servant said, “He stayed behind to reclaim his grandfather’s kingdom.” I’m sure that hurt David after all he had done for him. David said, “In that case, you get everything he owns.” As David turned to continue on his exile, another man related to Saul started yelling curses at David and throwing rocks at him. He yelled out, “Get out of here you murderer, you scoundrel! The Lord is paying you back. You stole his (Saul’s) throne.”

One of David’s men grabbed his sword and asked permission to cut off his head. David screamed, “No! Who asked your opinion?” He then told them that his own son is trying to kill him. Why shouldn’t a member of Saul’s family have even more reason to? Instead of killing the man who was taunting him, throwing rocks at him and made him weary, he let him be. He showed mercy. He showed great restraint in dealing with everything that was going wrong.

We each have people in our life who have betrayed us. We have people who use words like daggers and stab us in the back. We have people who get under our skin and wear us out. It’s nothing new. It’s been happening for millennia. David showed us a different way to handle them. He showed us that there is another option. In II Samuel 16:12, David said, “Perhaps The Lord will see that I’m being wronged and will bless me.” He knew that if he lashed out in anger, he removed the chance of blessing. He wanted to leave the door open for God to help him.

How do you respond to the people who won’t leave you alone? Do you fight back? Do you get into endless arguments? Proverbs 15:1 says, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.” It could be that your response is keeping you in that perpetual cycle. If you want to change the circumstance, change your response to it. Show mercy instead of anger. Have patience instead of lashing out. Open the door for God to bless you instead of slamming it shut. Show love instead of hate. Give back blessings instead of curses and watch what God does. It may take a while, but God will restore you like he did David.

By the way, David did get his kingdom back. It turned out Mephibosheth’s servant was lying. David took half of the belongings back and gave them to Mephibosheth. He then let him continue to live in the palace. The man who cursed him, apologized and was forgiven. All of this was done because David did not sin when he was losing everything. Keep your head up. God sees what you’re going through. He sees the attacks and has not forgotten you. He will restore you.


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5 responses to “Mercy And Restoration

  1. Colette

    After a considerable spell of unemployment I have been working as a caregiver for the past 16 months. The person I care for has a very sharp tongue, is unappreciative, demanding, and is always right. I have learned to pray unceasing since I’ve been here. I know that God never gives us more than we can endure and that if He called me here, He must believe in me. I have learned to thank Him for my struggles, to pray for the person for whom I care and to be grateful, trusting in His plan for my life. As always it remains a mystery, but I do believe I was called to be a light in the darkness of the person’s life. I know this person prays, but they’ve never been one to read the Bible or go to church. I have also been able to use this as an opportunity to share what I read with this person, praying that those seeds find fertile ground.

    Which is another blessing that this job allows me, I have plenty of time to study His Word, to read other author’s works about His Word and to have time to talk to God while carrying out my duties here.

    I appreciate being able to read about Abraham, Joseph, King David and all the others who were tested severely and clung steadfastly to God’s promises. I’m not going to claim that I’m able to be strong 100% of the time, but I He lead me to a book recently by Merlin Carothers called Power in Praise. It’s a wonderful little book that has reminded me that God uses everything for our good and for His glory. That has been a tremendous comfort to be reminded that regardless of these or any other difficulties in life, that He will never leave me or forsake me. He sees the whole picture and will use -or is using these events in a way that fits His plan. It’s this knowledge and belief in this great love that He has for all of us that I use as fuel for the journey, because He has told us that all things work for good according to His purpose.

    • Amen! Thank you for sharing that. We so often look at a piece of the puzzle instead of the whole thing like God does. Learning to be faithful when we can’t see how this piece fits is tough, but God rewards us for being faithful and trusting Him.

      Keep trusting His plan. All things do work together for the good of those who love Him. Down the road you will look back at this time and see what His plan was. Hang in there.

  2. Colette

    Thank you for the encouragement, Chris.

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