“Give him all of it,” Mephibosheth said. “I am content just to have you safely back again, my lord the king!” 2 Samuel 19:30 (NLT)
At this insurrection of Absalom, King David’s son, there was a sudden and hasty escape from Jerusalem. Ziba was one such servant of David; he took along with him his family and belongings. Mephibosheth the crippled son of Jonathan stayed back. Ziba who should have been watching out for him refused to saddle a donkey and slandered him before the king. Ziba had misrepresented Mephibosheth and deceived King David saying that he didn’t want to follow after the king and stay in the camp of Absalom.
Ziba had monetary reasons and an interest in what was rightfully Mephibosheth’s. The land and assets were lawfully Mephibosheth’s through birth. Ziba had moral issues and real attitude challenges to work through in his own heart. Jealousy and covetousness were sown deep inside. After slandering an innocent man David had vowed to give Ziba what was Mephibosheth’s.
When Mephibosheth explained to David the truth concerning Ziba’s scam he relinquished all ownership of his inheritance and was willing to forsake it saying “Give him all of it… I am content knowing you are back safe and sound”.
This man had a firsthand encounter of the grace of the king. He was shown kindness because of the covenant David had made with his father Jonathon.
He was treated as one of the king’s sons and was permitted to eat at the king’s table. He was reinstated all that was his fathers. When his land and inheritance were taken from him because of Ziba’s deceitfulness, he did not challenge or contest them before the king. He only declared he was content to have the king back safe.
When we experience the grace of God in our lives nothing else seems to matter. We find ourselves content, and our souls satisfied with His kindness. We know the heart of God is for us, not against us, and it is enough. Seeking after worldly pleasures or riches pales into insignificance compared to having a genuine and close relationship with the one who loves us and demonstrated it to us.
Just as Mephibosheth was crippled and separated from king David but brought near through covenant, so we are reconciled to God through Christ. The world has no hold on us. I can let things go because God’s grace is my sufficiency. It’s in that place of grace I find my rest.