In my prayer time this morning, God showed me something important, and I believe I’m to share it with you. I woke up to feeling I needed to read 2 Samuel 15. I read about King David and how he had to flee his palace as his son, Absalom, was coming to over through King David.
History tells us of this story. David flees the palace, and 600 men went with him. When he gets away from the palace, Ziba, Mephibosheth’s servant, tells David that Mephibosheth was joining Absalom and was no longer supporting King David. King David in return tells Ziba, “I’m taking back all the property I gave Mephibosheth and giving it to you.” However, when David returns, he is met by Mephibosheth.
Remember Mephibosheth sat at King David’s table. King David did nothing but honor Mephibosheth. He blessed him and not harmed Mephibosheth. Certainly, King David had a right to understand what changed? He did good to Mephibosheth. Why the betrayal? Mephibosheth told David that Ziba had left him behind. He was ready to leave with David. Ziba, Mephibosheth’s servant purposely left him behind, and then told the King he was not supporting him but Absalom a madman.
King David was caught in a confusing situation. Two different stories. King David, then, tells them he will divide what was previously Mephibosheth’s property, which he had given him to begin with between Mephibosheth and Ziba. But, Mephibosheth tells King David, “Give it all to him, I don’t care, I don’t want it!” Obviously, this would not be the response of a man who hated the King or would want to harm him. Ziba doesn’t even say a word. Greedy, evil people never do.
Is it clear to you as it is to me? It’s the closest people to you that betray. Ziba might have inherited the worldly possessions by lying, conniving, conspiring, and manipulating, but in the end, it was Mephibosheth whom King David believed. We can learn much from this story. Lies, manipulations, and all sorts of evil can be told about you, but God always has final word. Your response must always be like that of Mephibosheth, “Go ahead give it all to him who lied about me.” Mephibosheth knew the truth and knew God would reveal the truth.
My Friends, let your enemies do what they need to do. Your trust and hope is to the God Who Sees and Hears what goes on behind the scenes. He knows how to take care of the innocent, and God always reveals the truth. Always! Let your enemies be, and bless them. Don’t fret over evildoers. Keep your mouth shut, and keep your eyes on God. Whatever the wrong- let it go. Whatever was taken- let them have it.
Your reputation is not in the hands of liars. Your reputation is in the mighty hands of Almighty God. He knows how to avenge you. Oftentimes, your enemies are those whom you thought were your friends. Ziba might have stolen Mephibosheth’s possessions, but I promise you his ending was not the same as Mephibosheth. I believe God is telling us through this story that He will bring forth the truth always. Trust God no matter what. Give those who purposely hurt you over to God, and be radical. Pray for them and mean it. Leave to God what belongs to God. This reminder blessed me today, and I pray it blesses you, too.
Teresa Allissa Citro
Founder & President, Thread of Hope, Inc.