There is Royal Treatment for the Afflicted

royalWhile illness may make us feel less valuable to those around us, God can send us those who see our preciousness. Vicki shares.

“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).

I only did it once. In the middle of a meeting with a parent, I realized I had forgotten to pick up my son. I abruptly bolted out the door and rushed to his summer camp. There he sat on a wall, swinging his legs with his head down.

That’s nothing compared to the tragic accident that happened to King Saul’s grandson. Mephibosheth was only five when he fell out of his nurse’s hands and broke both his feet (2 Samuel 4:4). Talk about a life-changing event!

Can you imagine what Mephibosheth’s life was like? It was void of status and purpose. Until a kind king showed him favor.

King David showed Mephibosheth royal kindness. 2 Samuel 9:3-8 gives the account of that story.

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

He was told, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.”

When Mephibosheth was brought to him, David said, “Don’t be afraid . . . 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 replied, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”

David wanted to show God’s kindness to him because Mephibosheth was the grandson of a king. So, David gave him the royal treatment: provision and restoration.

Is that what you need? God, your King, wants to give you His royal treatment.

“The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:16-17a).

God’s hasn’t forgotten you. He will provide and restore.

Prayer: Dear Father, I’m grateful that You’re a God who can restore hope and peace. I’m trusting that You’ll continue to provide what I need. Thank You for loving me as Your child. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

About the Author:
Vicki understands special needs as a patient, parent, and professor. She has had multiple sclerosis since 1993. Her 35 year old son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She’s taught special education as a teacher, administrator, and adjunct professor. Through her blog, she reaches out to other mothers of children with mental illness. http://mentalillnessmom2mom.net/ . Vicki wrote a picture book about bullying: Heart Eyes: Beth and the Bullies. You can find out more about that book by visiting her Heart Eyes website: http://www.hearteyes.net

In what ways has God restored hope, joy, or peace to your life?

This is Jason Gray singing “Remind Me Who I Am” and it is a great song with lyrics that share how we all doubt ourselves, we all have those time when we think we must be a disappointment to God–but how He loves us unconditionally. He so desires us to make the right choices so we can live a life of peace and purpose. And He gives an unlimited amount of grace and mercy and for that reason we can always know we are so very special to Him. -Lisa

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