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UCFMI Devotion: The Great Turnaround Occasioned by Grace.

Saturday 5, January 2020

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BIBLE READING

2 Samuel 9:1-11: 1 David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”

2 Now there was a servant of Saul’s household named Ziba. They summoned him to appear before David, and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?”

“At your service,” he replied.

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

Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.”

4 “Where is he?” the king asked.

Ziba answered, “He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.”

5 So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel.

6 When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor.

David said, “Mephibosheth!”

“At your service,” he replied.

7 “Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “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.”

8 Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”

9 Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul’s steward, and said to him, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. 10 You and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your master’s grandson may be provided for. And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table.” (Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.)

11 Then Ziba said to the king, “Your servant will do whatever my lord the king commands his servant to do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s[a] table like one of the king’s sons.

MEMORY VERSE

Job 37:12: It changes direction, turning around by His guidance, That it may do whatever He commands it on the face of the inhabited earth.

MESSAGE

The dictionary defines turnaround as an abrupt, sudden or unexpected change, especially one that results in a more favourable situation. Therefore, a great turnaround is a huge transformation from ugly to extremely beautiful, from bitterness to sweetness. It could also be explained as exchange of ashes for beauty.

The life of the Mephibosheth, the sudden transformation from a poor crippled and hopeless life to that of one dinning with the king on a daily basis aptly captures the true essence of the above definition of the key word in our topic for today, TURNAROUND.

Mephibosheth had every reason to be afraid. He was crippled, a condition that overwhelmed all phasets of his life. He saw himself to be nothing but a “dead dog,”by the virtue of him being an offspring of an enemy of King David, his life was not to be spired,

He was actually living as a furgitive solely because he was a grandson of Saul, the disgraced former king. It was assumed that the new king, David, might want to make his own throne secure by putting to death any of Saul’s relatives, so they couldn’t threaten his rule.

However, Mephibosheth did not know King David. Although David could be a fierce warrior, he also was a man who had a heart that pleased God (1 Samuel 16:7). And Mephibosheth didn’t realize David had made a promise to his father, Jonathan, to show kindness to his descendants (1 Samuel 20:13-15).

When David remembered this promise, he looked for ways to keep his word. And when Mephibosheth was identified and brought to Jerusalem, David assured him that he had nothing to fear.

Mephibosheth’s life completely turned around as a result of the kindness of David a king who kept his promise because of the covenant relationship he had with Jonathan.

The story of Moses,  Esther, Joseph  amongst many others in the Bible  have come across conditions, situations that presents a complete state of hopeless.

Many people like those mentioned above came in contact with, Jesus, the lame, crippled, blind, mute, and many others whom He healed. The crowds marveled at how the sick and needy received Jesus’ miraculous help receiving their own great turnarounds, (Matthew 15:30-31).

I don’t know for how long you have being facing that challenge, I do not know where you have gone for help, remember, our Lord Jesus Christ is the same today, tomorrow and forever, Jesus is still doing miracles, He is changing lives and offering hope for those seemingly hopeless situations.

Trust Him to turn around any difficult situations you face. We may not understand God’s big plan, but we should trust that He has one for us. Everything in our lives happens that way for His reason. Psalm 62:8, Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.

KEYNOTE

I am highly favored by God, I experience great victories, supernatural turnarounds, and miraculous breakthroughs in the midst of great impossibilities – DMX

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for all you have done for me. I need you. I depend upon you. Thank you for helping me and giving me hope. In your name.

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