Monday, August 14th
Devotional written by Pastor Jason McMaster, Executive Pastor
To read today: 2 Samuel 9:1-3, John 5:14
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.”
2 Samuel 9:1-3
Growing up, I enjoyed everything basketball, and one of my all-time favorite heroes was former Laker point-guard Magic Johnson. I read several of his biographies, trying to glean anything I could that might help me improve my own game. I even had a life-size poster in my room, hoping to reach his 6-foot 9-inch frame. I fell short of that goal, but the Lord surprised me on my first day at UCLA. One of the first things I did that day was walk to Pauley Pavilion. A door was cracked open to the gym where legendary coach, John Wooden had made the place renowned. As I approached the door to take a look, it swiftly opened toward me, and to my surprise, Magic Johnson was towering over me with his famous smile. I shook his hand, and he spent a few minutes talking with me. He shared that there was a private basketball game in the Men’s Gym, and I was invited, as long as I didn’t tell anyone else. I couldn’t believe it, as his kind gesture was so unexpected. He saw me, spent time with me, and invited me into his space. It is still one of my favorite moments. Not only was I encouraged by meeting Magic, but I felt the Lord’s presence that day and was intentionally encouraged by Him.
In 2 Samuel 9, David goes out of his way to honor his dear friend Jonathan by asking how he can show kindness to the house of Saul. We learn of a man named Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son, who became lame in both feet at an early age. We can imagine that this man’s childhood was exceptionally challenging. To have King David reach out to him and show him such unexpected kindness was a breath of fresh air for this man. It was also a profound gesture and revealed the heart of David, given the history between King David and King Saul.
Final Thought: Have you ever been on the receiving end of unexpected kindness from someone? Today, pray the Lord gives you His eyes and heart to see someone in your life who would benefit from your unexpected kindness.