Grace in aggressive pursuit

this-is-earth-from-space2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

I remember growing up as a kid how my mom kept a watchful eye on my brothers and I as we played sand bombs in the front yard. Of course with boys things tend get out of hand very quickly because we didn’t always think things through.

We would throw the biggest chuck of dirt we could find at each other all in the name of winning the game. And like all good moms do, our mom would redirect our enthusiasm to safer choices. Gotta love moms.

This made me think of 2 Chronicles 16:9 which states, “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” I also thought about the heart of God who aggressively pursues His children to restore us to full fellowship with Him.

Isn’t it wonderful to know that we serve an all-powerful God who desires to have a personal relationship with us. What an AWESOME God we serve!

In 2 Samuel 9:1-13 the eyes of the Lord used King David to aggressively pursue Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth. The scriptures state that David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”

Now there was a servant of Saul’s household named Ziba. They summoned him to appear before David, and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?”

“At your service,” he replied.

The king asked, “Is there no one still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?”

Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.”

“Where is he?” the king asked.

Ziba answered, “He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.”

So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel.

When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor.

David said, “Mephibosheth!”

“At your service,” he replied.

“Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”

Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”

Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul’s steward, and said to him, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. 10 You and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your master’s grandson may be provided for. And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table.” (Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.)

11 Then Ziba said to the king, “Your servant will do whatever my lord the king commands his servant to do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table like one of the king’s sons.

12 Mephibosheth had a young son named Mika, and all the members of Ziba’s household were servants of Mephibosheth. 13 And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king’s table; he was lame in both feet

 The Lord used King David to aggressively lavish His grace upon Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth not only because of His love for His children, but I also believe this was impart due to the covenant that David and Jonathan made before the Lord (1 Samuel 18:3 & 1 Samuel 23:18).

That covenant was built on love, trust and commitment to one another. The covenant that God made with us through His son Jesus is more powerful than any earthly covenant for it is sealed and made with the blood of Jesus. Therefore, the out pouring of grace shall flow all the more.

The Lord is faithful in all He does (1 Thessalonians 5:24). His love for His children has no boundaries (Ephesians 3:14-21). The God we serve will aggressively pursue us with the intent of pouring out His grace upon us in abundance.

This is not because we have earned it or have done anything special, but simply because He loves us and desired to restore a lasting and full covenant (Hebrews 9:15) with His children.

My prayer is for whom ever is reading this blog today to realize that the Father loves you with a love that will never fail. A love that has aggressively pursued you before you were born (Jeremiah 1:5). A love that sees you as the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21).

So, today receive the love and covenant of eternal inheritance into the kingdom of Heaven for which your names are boldly written on God’s heart forever and ever, amen!

**If you are in need of prayer (Ephesians 6:18), please click“Prayer Request.”  I would love to pray for you. Please remain secure in the promise that all prayer request are kept confidential. I also ask that you think of others whom you can share this message with.

To God be the glory, amen!


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