Man’s favour versus God’s favour
‘And Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth’ – 2 Samuel 4:4.
In the preceding verses of the Bible before the one above, we found out that news of the death of Saul and his son Jonathan had just come to town. When the nurse who was taking care of Jonathan’s son heard the news, she tried to help him. You will realize that the Bible says she took him and then it also says she made haste to flee and the boy fell. When men try to favour you, even though they have very good intentions, their favour offers can destroy you. It was not the intention of the nurse to make the boy lame. She wanted to help but why trying to help she got the boy into the kind of trouble that became a part of his entire life.
After that incidence, we didn’t hear so much about Mephibosheth except for the fact that he was in Lo Debar. From all indications, he was alone there because the Bible did not record that the nurse who dropped him stood by him. When men try to help you and things go wrong, they will disappear! You will look around and will not find anyone but it is not the same with God when he makes up His mind to help anyone! The key things that happened when man tried to help Mephibosheth were: 1. The boy dropped accidentally
2. The accident became his description
3. He was deserted by everyone and even the person in whose hands the accident happened.
4. He lost his original identity as a prince because no one remembered him as a prince but as a lame man. II Sam. 9:3
Let us look at what happened when God decided to help the same person that man had tried to help.
‘And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet.’ – II Sam. 9:3.
1. God caused the king to ask a question.
2. The servant told the truth because he could have lied at that time that there is no one!
3. The lame man was brought into the palace. It is never done and it never happens except by favour at that time.
4. He received a promise of kindness. 11 Sam 9:7
5. He also received a promise of restoration. 11 Sam 9:7
6.He was immediate honoured to eat at the King’s table.
7.Verses 9 and 10 of II Samuel show that the promise of restoration was fulfilled and a lame man was also given servants!
When men try to help and things go wrong, you will not see them again but when God helps you, you will be favoured by men and the favour will be guaranteed! The essence of these light out of the scripture is for us to look more to God orchestrating the favour we desire rather than trying to work it out with our intelligence through men.
Only God can guarantee the real and lasting favour without trouble (The blessing of the Lord – it makes truly rich, and He adds no sorrow with it neither does toiling increase it). Proverbs 10:22 (Amplified version). Always ask Him for His favour.