Are You Living Below the Bar?

“So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table like one of the king’s sons” (2 Samuel 9:11 NIV).

Friend to Friend
Who is the world is Mephibosheth, and what possessed his momma to give him such a name? Well, I can’t answer the second question, but I can shed some light on the first. Mephibosheth was a man who was living way below his potential. He was the grandson of King Saul and the son of Prince Jonathan, but he lived like a pauper. When he was a little boy, his nurse dropped him while fleeing from their enemies. As a result, he was crippled in both feet (2 Samuel 9).

When David took over as King of Israel, he wanted to know if there was anyone in Jonathan’s household to whom he could show kindness. Jonathan had been David’s best friend, and he loved him as a brother. A servant told David about the crippled Mephibosheth, and he was summoned immediately. Mephibosheth lived in a place called Lo-Debar (meaning a pasture-less land).

My own (very unofficial) translation of Lo-Debar is “below the bar.” Mephibosheth was living below the bar. He was the grandchild of a king, but he was living in a pasture less land like a pauper. When he came before King David he said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”

David didn’t even answer him. He simply turned to his servant and commanded that all the land that had been Saul’s be given back to his grandson and that Mephibosheth should eat at the king’s table everyday.

Perhaps you are walking around like a crippled because of something that has happened to you as a child. Perhaps you feel like a “dead dog.” And yet, God is looking for ways to bless you, to restore what has been taken away, and invite you to feast at His table everyday. Mephiboseth was a grandchild of King Saul and potential heir to the throne. However, he saw himself as nothing more than a “dead dog,” unworthy to receive even the smallest crumb of kindness from David. David’s desire was to restore to Mephibosheth all the land that would have been his inheritance and invite him to feast at his table daily. Mephibosheth didn’t see himself as he really was. In reality, he was royalty. “A dead dog?” I think not!

Do you see yourself as you really are? You are a chosen, dearly loved, child of God. You have been blessed with every spiritual blessing, delivered from the domain of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of Christ! You, girlfriend, are a child of the King!

Let’s Pray
Dear Lord, so many times I walk around with an emotional limp like a wounded animal. But the truth is, I am a child of the King and I should act like one! Thank you for inviting me to feast at Your banquet table every morning by feeding my soul from Your Word and drinking in the Holy Spirit’s power. Today, I will not limp about, but run, jump, and even dance with the joy!
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen

Now It’s Your Turn
Be honest. Do you act more like the pitiful Mephibosheth or a powerful princess?

What mind adjustment do you need to make to start acting like a child of the King?

You have been invited to feast at His table and do so every time you open the pages of your Bible. Have you accepted His invitation?

If you are willing to start walking like a child of the King today, simply visit my Facebook page, www.facebook.com/sharonjaynes and agree with me with the words…I, (put your name), am a child of the King.

Want More?
Unfortunately, many of us limp around like poor old Mephib. We live way below the bar of what God intended. If you would like to learn more about who you are as a child of God and start living the life God intended all along, my book Becoming Spiritually Beautiful will help get you there. It’s time to start seeing yourself as God sees you…and acting like you are who God says you are!

23 Responses to Are You Living Below the Bar?

  1. Diane C. Kennedy March 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Thank You for sharing this scripture today. God did something different with me today, in the fact that He reminded me of a precious sister in Christ who used this very same scripture in her Bible Study teachings. Only she used it with the Robes of Righteouness covering our sins and not seeing our faults. He also brought to mind Elijah and Elisha through this..if she were to read this right now she would understand and it would speak to her. We left and parted on very bitter terms….more so on my end perhaps. But God is good and faithful. I love her so as a sister in Christ and even though we may not be able to reconcile our differences here, on Earth, I know we can and they will be in heaven. She was a wonderful and beautiful teacher in Christ and presenting God’s word and for that I am ever thankful. I hope and I pray that someday, and maybe it won’t even matter, that God is “keeping” His end of the bargain, so to speak, with the Elisha part…..God bless, and I love you. Your sister in Christ, Diane

  2. maggie bruehl March 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    Again, you are right on target. May I quote you in my blog and send others to you?

  3. Sharon Anderson-Roach April 4, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Hi Sharon – waiting on God is truly a killer-of-my-speediness, my wust-solve-this-problem-ness tendency. Our finances have just had a major blow. We never had so many (unpaid) bills before. We need to ‘hear’ from the Lord. He has been so silent to our cry.

  4. lovelyn April 4, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    Thank you for today’s scripture am really blessed, that whatever I might be passing through that I should trust,obey and wait on the lord, my prayer request its for the salvation of my husband, let he know and thirst for God.

  5. joan April 4, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    Dearest Sister in Christ,

    You asked how you could pray for me.

    I need your prayers for my marriage. I think my wonderful husband is having an affair. He is a Christian but has his faults as we all do. My husband has a large and loving family. For generations the men of this family have loved God, their wives and family, and strived to be upstanding and respectful citizens. Yet all the men seem to have an understanding amongst themselves if they do all these things their sexual indiscretions can be overlooked as long as their wives and family are not aware and most importantly not hurt!

    We have deeply loved each other for years and finally commited to marriage just 8 years ago. It’s all been wonderful except for this. I know he has been unfaithful to me more then once. Why can’t he understand that a Christian husband will not be unfaithful to God and to his wife?

    I don’t want to lose my husband!

    Thank you so much for your prayers.

    Yours in Christ,
    Joan

    Joan

  6. pam d April 4, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    Praying whether to take this job offer/and also shld I move 4ward n my relationship w Kevin

  7. Pat April 4, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    Sharon,
    Please pray for me today for a financial miracle. That’s the only thing that will help me, is a miracle. I know that miracles happen at God’s will. I need one today. I need $1200 today,putting emphasis on today. I need it today. Please, Please pray for me. Thank you so much for your love and concern.

  8. Debra Roop April 4, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Hi, I get the girl friends of god devotionals sent to my emails and well the one about knocking on a door and then going ahead and do something without hearing God… I have been unemployed for over two years now and no one will hire me , I’ve had unemployment until now I got my last check saturday and now I’m panicking. I feel very frustrated because I’ve asked and asked and still no answer from the almight one. I can’t seem to hear anything anymore. I’ve been throughing my resume out to as many places I can but still either sorry or no answer at all. I’m angry because I feel God should help me. Is he? I don’t know my mind only sees my problems and no solutions to those problems. I rent live alone owe student loans and child support , and many other bills, even my parents loaned me money for taxes this year , and my sister loaned me money for my teeth. but now I have no income what so ever and I’m scared because my lease is up but you are suppose to give 30 days notice if you are leaving which was the first of april so it to late now. And I don’t know what to do. I’ve asked god and asked and begged and what else.. I’m at my wits end here. people at church are even praying , and then every sunday they ask me if I have a job yet. no, I tell them but inside I’m irritated by the question because I’ve asked God too and still he hasn’t done anything why I ask.. How should I know , I can’t make God give me a job now can I ? if I got a job I would be the happiest woman there at the church and would tell everyone, they wouldn’t have to ask me . You see my delama. I’m very anxious and try to take vitimin B’s to help with the problem it helps some. I need a job that is what I need, so I can stop worrying about how ? thank you for your stories by the way. Deb

  9. Shirley Lowes April 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    Knock, Knock…todays devotional hit me, as I did move ahead when God was silent. I married a man who I was in relationship with and did not have God’s endorsement, or my Christian mentors. Now after five and a half years of marriage he chose to leave for another woman. When that didn’t work out he thought he could jump back in, but God clearly told me , NO. Now after 7 months of separation, I am feeling a desire to reunite with him, but still have many reservations. I thank you for these daily devotions and your book Trusting God. Thank you for the insight and the breath of God in them. I hear God telling me not to put a period where he has a comma, and that intermission times are healthy and needed. Pray that I will wait until God clearly says yes, or no. I know there are no maybes in God’s decisions.
    Shirley

  10. Ellen April 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    I am trying to be patient and understanding about a callcellation that is important to be but it is hard. I know that God has a reason for this cancellation, but I am waiting for him to tell me his reason. I just wish it would be sooner rather than later.

  11. Jeanne April 4, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    Please pray for my daughters. Serenity had a heart attack. she is thirty five. She lives under tons of stress and cannot work and is stressing over how to pay bills. She is raising four teenage daughters so the stress is unlimited. My other daughter Enid is recovering from surgery and needs prayer to get back on her feet. They both know the Lord but are not trusting him at this time in their lives. I am loving the Bible study. I have numerous prayer requests and do not wish to burden you with them. My husband and I are raising two young grandkids. Their mother has been out of their lives for over three years and stepped back in since the dad came out of prison. Now if he sees them, so will she! she says. not out of love for them but out of spite and selfishness. Please pray that the Lord will intervene and work everything out. Not my will but his will be done. This mother has threatened to kill the ex-husband so i am concerned and want God to stop the visits. the courts will allow her to have supervised visits. but what happens when the supervision stops, Please everyone, pray for Bailey and Hayley. that they will be safe

  12. Tammy Bland April 4, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    I need prayer for a financial breakthrough in my family for finances and job situations.

  13. juli April 4, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    I Sharon i thank you for that wonderful encouragement, i myself is going through that journey of doubt, trust, feelings of no transparencies in my marriage on my husband side. I believe am a very opened person who feels like there is nothing in my life that can be hidden or protected when it comes to my husband, MY husband action makes me feel like i can’t trust him and on couple occasions he has lied to me on some very important issues and i found evidence that prove he was lying when i confronted him he admitted he couldn’t tell me the truth because he was afraid how i would react. With all this i found it even more difficult to believe anything he said to me. He constantly clutches his phone he never leave it lying around always in his pocket, when i confront him about this action he would just make excuses, another issue is his phone being on silence most of the time, he will excuse this behaviour by saying no one calls him so therefore his phone don’t need to be on ring. I am getting to the point where i am thinking i didn’t wait on God before i marry my husband. I really thought he was a dedicated christian one who truly put God in the midst of everything but he shows no interest in even praying together as a couple. Need your prayer because at time i feel i want to divorce my husband for making me feel so insecure by his behaviour.

  14. Pearl Slaunwhite April 4, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    Hi SHaron,

    When I heard your testimony it is so much what I am living right now. I really need prayer for the battle within. It is all in the condemnation of myself. It seems that I do not have any good thing to say about myself inside. Please pray, so that I may take the mustard seed that God gave me and put it to use for my breakthrough. It is not about me , its all about Jesus, but that truth is not inside, from the head to the heart yet. I am desperate to receive this breakthrough. Thank you so much for your transparency.
    Love Pearl !!!!

  15. Pearl Slaunwhite April 4, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    Hi Sharon,

    Sorry I mixed you up with someone else when I was saying about your testimony.
    Thank you for praying for me. Love Pearl!!

  16. Debbie Anderson April 4, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    I just read todays gig about waiting for God to answer after u knock (pray). Well ive been praying for a better job closer to home n im waiting on God to open the door. Ive been putting in applications but nothing yet. Please pray with me that God will open that door soon n give me a better job.

  17. Frances April 4, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    Sharon, thank you for being willing to pray for other sisters in christ and the reminder to wait for God to answer. I am still waiting for God to answer my prayer for a husband. I have never been married and I have been asking, seeking, and waiting for God to let me know if he is going to change and open a friend’s heart so he would be open to having a relationship and marriage again, or if it is not God’s will to please bring me another man to take his place. I do want to have and marry the right man, but it is so hard waiting for God to answer.

  18. Debbie Hilliard April 5, 2012 at 3:24 am #

    I have several prayer requests. First one is for my husband Kevin. By the afternoon everyday he just gets out of energy and tired. He works the salesfloor and the backroom at Walmart and this is a very busy store. Praise the Lord for that. We also need prayer in our finances. A breakthrough would be a miracle! We have been tithing and giving. We also know that Jesus is not an ATM machine so we give from our hearts. I work at the same Walmart that my husband does. I cashier there and I try to get as close to 40 hours as I can. I have worked retail since 1984 and I have always felt that I was meant for greater things. We have also been trying to Yardsale and sell stuff that we dont use anymore online. It has helped us to pay down Dr. bills. plus 47 I have been thrown into menopause so I get really nervous about everything. We are doing another yardsale so please pray that God will help and bless us in this. Thank you.

  19. lovelyn April 5, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    Hi sharon, my God will continue to blesse you, pray for me so that I can trust my husband again, he lied to on several times and addmitted lying, that he don’t want to hurt me that’s why he keep lying but this made me not to trust him again, want God to take away this wearyness in my life I want to be able to Trust and love him again but it seems hard for me to let go. Help me dear Lord.

  20. Sylvia April 5, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    yes

  21. Donna April 5, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    yes

  22. zelma genn April 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    Yes!!!

  23. Ruthie Burnett April 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    God is enough! Ruth is my favorite book in the Bible. I am learning to hear God more clearly and to keep His commandments. I have been praying for financial breakthrough and believe God’s Word will not fail but accomplish what it says it will do. Amen!

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