Have you ever made a mistake that caused harm to someone else? Did you have good intentions but fell short of what you were trying to do? What happens when despite our best efforts, we still fail?
In today’s episode of All God’s Women we look at Mephibosheth’s nurse, a woman who acted heroically but tripped and fell in the midst of her heroic act. The impact of her tumble forever changed the life of her young charge.
Mephibosheth’s story is one of grace. We are all crippled by the sins of our past. We’re fearful of the future because we know that we deserve death. But then we have a king who seeks us out and offers us grace and a new life. We’re invited to join him at his table where He has prepared a feast for us to enjoy.
The nurse has her own story. Without her, Mephibosheth would have been wandering around lost, no idea how to get to safety. She took him by the hand and saved him from certain death. She was scared, and she stumbled. It may have seemed to her that she failed him.
But Mephibosheth’s story wasn’t over. Because of the nurse’s courage in grabbing him and hiding him away, he was later able to take his rightful place at the king’s table.
His nurse never got to witness the fruits of her effort. All she saw was her failure. But God used her to save an heir to the kingdom.
We may be like that nurse. All around us we see danger. Those around us are at risk of dying. They’re wondering around in confusion with no idea where to turn.
It’s easy for us to panic, to say there’s nothing we can do. To be fearful of doing the wrong thing and making matters worse.
God doesn’t expect us to be perfect. He knows our weaknesses and frailties. But if we keep our eyes on Him and grab those around us, determined to lead them to eternal life, He can take our humble efforts and do a mighty work through them.
We may never live to see the fruits of our labor, but that doesn’t mean our work is in vain. Even if we stumble over the right words. If we fear we’ve only made things worse, God will reward our efforts.
I challenge you to look around you. See those who are lost and seeking help. Be there for them, helping to guide them in the way that leads to life.
If you’re wondering what to say or do, take it to God. Ask Him to speak through you. Use Romans 6:23 as your basis. Tell them your story of how you came to know Christ and how He’s worked in your life.
Don’t delay. Commit today to making sure that when you get to heaven, you bring a crowd with you.
2 Samuel 4:4
2 Samuel 9
Bible Study Review
- What was the danger facing Mephibosheth?
- What caused him to be lame?
- How did David treat him when he found out about him?
Thoughts to Ponder
- Was the nurse at fault for Mephibosheth’s lameness?
- What would have likely happened if the nurse had not grabbed him and run?
- Why was David’s behavior so unusual?
- Do you put undue pressure on yourself?
- Do you blame yourself when you mess up, even though you did your best?
- Do you instinctively do the right thing or do you hesitate to act because you’re afraid of messing up?
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