How Good Is Your Word?

How Good Is Your Word? And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually. 2nd Samuel 9:7
King David was a man of his word. Many in his day marveled at his care for one of Saul’s descendants. Several things led King David to this loyalty.
First, he recognized that Saul was God’s anointed one. And, even when Saul attempted to take David’s life, David refused to do any harm to Saul.
Second, Saul’s son, Jonathan, was David’s best friend. He was like a brother to David. When David heard of the death of Saul and of Jonathan, he grieved sorely. King David would not have been obligated to Saul’s family in the eyes of other people, but David felt an obligation because of his relationship with Jonathan and his respect for God’s anointed. He and Jonathan were in agreement to take care of one another. Jonathan had warned David of Saul’s desire to kill him. Jonathan’s actions had save David’s life.
David’s integrity in what he had told Jonathan made his decision to take care of Saul’s descendants necessary in order to keep his word. Many people today allow the situation to dictate their actions rather than what they promised.
God expects us to be truthful in all of our promises. When we promise God to follow His ways and do His will, He expects no less.
Mephibosheth was Saul’s grandson, Jonathan’s son. David’s loyalty to him was from his loyalty to his father and grandfather. It was a surprise to Mephibosheth that David would treat him as one of his own sons. Mephibosheth’s place at the King’s table was secure. His inheritance was protected.
If we are to expect God’s blessings on our lives, then we need to be people who will keep their word. Even though others may not know or would ever find out about a promise we made, God always knows.
In a world of lies, God’s people need to be trustworthy. Let each of us examine our own hearts and ask ourselves this question, “Have I kept my word?”                                                                                                  
                                                                                                 Following God’s direction,                                                                                                                     Bro. Gene

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