The Beauty of Restoration

2 Samuel 9-10


The best kinds of restorations are the most dramatic.

My wife and I have been stuck on The Biggest Loser lately.  It’s not a terrible show. Overweight, underconfident people getting thin and transforming their entire outlook on life is quite inspiring, wouldn’t you agree?

I enjoy the trainers’ tireless grit, pushing their clients way past their limits to make this renewal happen. They recognize that people get lazy and grow complacent to asserting themselves and doing things to change their lives, even if it’s for the better, and the trainers strive to eliminate this mentality.

We’re vulnerable to making messes of ourselves and getting stuck in destructive patterns. Even after making the commitment to serve Jesus for life, we stumble and stagger about instead of walking the walk, a walk which should resemble standing straight and moving forward instead of resembling the aimless wandering of a drunk man or a really dizzy cat.

While watching a dizzy cat try to walk is hilarious, the first person perspective of failure is less amusing.

The most beautiful aspect of Jesus’ great love is His ability to restore us when we’re broken. Our fractured state isn’t permanent. The moment He cast His life down marked the demise of our eternal condemnation.

David, who performs a handful of Jesus-like maneuvers in today’s reading, is a replica of Christ’s grace and character, especially in the context of restoration:

Stepping down

It’s easy to default to being a jerk when you’re on top. David does the humble thing and relinquishes his position to serve a man who couldn’t walk.  Doesn’t that sound familiar? Jesus performed a very similar act during His ministry as flesh on earth.

Philippians 2:5-7

Stepping up

David tells Mephibosheth, the lame man (literally), that he gets to hang out at the king’s table for life. He doesn’t pull the classic “I’ll pray for you” move and send a card, or tell him he’s being disobedient and probably needs to repent for some hidden sin — he restores the man’s honor and lifts him up.

John 5:24

Remembering the past

In both the accounts of Mephibosheth and Ammon, David recalls the “kindness” shown him and honors the previous king and his subjects, foregoing political correctness to show mercy. In the same way, Jesus serves people on the Sabbath, which insults the scribes because they misinterpret Jesus’ intention to love relentlessly and feel Jesus isn’t being politically correct.

Matthew 25:40

Dealing with the present

Because of Ammon’s silly conjecture that the king was just spying out the land to prepare for conquest, David’s servants are publicly shamed. ZZ Top would have been mortified.  David doesn’t just let this go — He deals with it head on. He restores his servants, and then takes care of business and wipes out Ammon’s crew. God doesn’t leave His children stranded — His justice, in the present and henceforth, is sound and righteous.

Isaiah 1:17, Psalm 58:11

Obviously, this doesn’t mean we get lazy — we must be proactive in our faith. But never forget that God is always at arm’s reach, no matter what state you’re in and how far gone you believe you are.

How has God restored you?

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