The Kindness of God (II Samuel 7-10)

11 Then Ziba said to the king, “According to all that my lord the king commands his servant, so will your servant do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s[a] table, like one of the king’s sons. II Samuel 9:11

The day after Christmas often turns into a nightmare for the multitudes of people who attempt to get in on the day after Christmas sales.  Often people who were kind on Christmas Eve become not so kind the day after Christmas.

This days readings shows us the opposite view of people when we see David’s kindness to one of Saul’s descendants.  David’s kingdom is firmly established (II Samuel 8).  But instead of focusing on himself David focuses on sharing God’s kindness with others.

I took time yesterday to reflect on God’s kindness in my personal life.  As I sat in the midst of my family opening presents I lifted my heart to the Lord in praise for His undeserved kindness.  As I felt the warm air coming from our heating system, again I praised God for His undeserved kindness.  Finally as I opened my Bible just a little bit later, I was again reminded of what David was reminded of:

“Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? II Samuel 7:18

When I consider all He has done, I am called to remember as God has blessed me with kindness, so am I to bless others with His kindness.  I pray the Lord fills you with His kindness as you live your life today.  I leave you with the words of the prophet Micah:

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

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