You’ve lived in ‘Lo-Debar’ long enough
So when Jonathan died and David became king, he looked for someone to bless for Jonathan’s sake; just like God is looking to bless you for Christ’s Sake. Paul tells us in Ephesians 1:3: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.”
Jonathan had a son — Memphibosheth — who was lame and lived in Lo-Debar, “The place of no bread.” That’s significant, because when your self-esteem is non-existent, your surroundings usually reflect it. You either give up, or go to the other extreme by striving to make your performance, your home, your appearance, etc., look perfect. That’s a lot of pressure to put on yourself!
Memphibosheth knew he had certain rights because he was King Saul’s grandson, yet he continued to live in poverty and isolation. Since his lameness embarrassed him he avoided the very people who could help him. Are you doing the same by refusing to pursue God’s blessings for your life? When you constantly see yourself in a negative light you tend to think God does, too.
Thankfully, that’s not true. Even those with a limp can succeed when they realize that their imperfections don’t limit God. The Truth is, we all have a limp in some area. That’s why God promised to “save the limping ones… and …make them … a name in every land to their shame.”
Come on, you’ve lived in Lo-Debar long enough! It’s time to claim your inheritance; to take your place at the King’s table; to thank Him for redeeming and accepting you like you are, even while He works to make you better!
Larry Davis is the pastor of Little Rock West Assembly of God. Visit the church's home on the Internet by clicking here or send the good reverend an email here.