A Devotion by Chris Nation
My 15-year old son Chris recently became a published author. Along with about 200 other teenage boys, he contributed to the devotional book “Teen to Teen: 365 Daily Devotions by Teen Guys for Teen Guys.” He was able to contribute three devotionals to the book. I am very thankful that he has already had the opportunity to express his faith in this kind of medium. Watching him process these thoughts was a joy for me as a parent because it was an opportunity for him to further “own” his faith. To complete these devotionals, they had to be his thoughts and not the thoughts of his pastor, small group leader, or even his parents. As you can imagine… I’m just a little proud of him. So, today I thought I would share one of his devotions with you.
The King’s Table by Chris Nation
“So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table just like one of the king’s sons.” -2 Samuel 9:11
In 2 Samuel 9 the story of David searching for Mephibosheth and adopting him is told. In the beginning of the chapter, David, the king of Israel, seeks out any children of his old friend Jonathan. He learns that there is a young man living in the poor town of Lo-debar who was crippled in both feet. David then brings this broken man to his castle. Now, even though Mephibosheth was the son of David’s friend Jonathan, he was also the grandson of Saul. Saul was the old king of Israel and had tried to kill David because he knew David would one day take over his kingdom. With him being in the family of Saul, Mephibosheth was always fed lies about David—that he was the evil man who destroyed his family—so he was very frightened when he learned that David had summoned him. He could have expected for King David to take his life, but David instead made him like a son to him and allowed him to eat at the king’s table.
This amazing story is not only the story of two men who live many years ago but is also the story of us. We are crippled by sin and live in horrible conditions because of this, but God, our King, takes us in and calls us His children. In this story, Mephibosheth could have gone back to his crummy home. This is what people do. Even when we have this extraordinary offer, we still choose sin. Why would we not want to live with the king and dine where only the most important and privileged stay? The King has offered His home to you, will you accept it?