In a rut

A Mephibosheth Tale

This is not you. Probably the stories have gotten to you and you are familiar to the sorry tales of being stuck. No forward movement and backward movement feels like the only option. A better description would be a dead end or  limitation to upward mobility.

It is a bad place to be in, it is a sad tale to listen. Man was made to dominate, to increase and multiply as such it is man’s worst nightmare to not be able to accomplish these realities. I realise it is also not the intention of God for man to be stuck and without progress. Fruitfulness is required of anything birthed by God. It is also right to conclude that being stuck is as a result of robbery and destruction by the enemy.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

John 10:10 (ESV)

Being in a rut is mostly as a result of what a thief does; steal, kill and destroy. Getting out of the rut is living and abundantly so.

Many live that rut kind of life because

  • Ignorance – we believe it is God’s will for our lives. Where ignorance thrives people perish.
  • Efficacy – mostly a lack of know how; perceived or real.
  • Resignation – also known as giving up. We sometimes don’t think we deserve progress so when it doesn’t come around we don’t work towards getting it.
  • Laziness – the lack of will to see it through. We want others to effect it for us and it brings it to us.
  • Seasons and times – ordinances set from the beginning of time that have to play out in our lives, they are not permanent and lasting yet we sometimes do not outgrow them.

All these descriptions point to a person back in the days of King David, a man, the son of Jonathan whose name was Mephibosheth. The King, David, sought to show mercy to any remnant in the house of Saul and this young man though crippled in his feet was the only remnant. 2 Samuel 9:8, when the King called on to him and informs him that he will show him kindness, Mephibosheth pays homage and asks a one of a kind question. “What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead dog such as I?”

Are there times we ask God the Mephibosheth question? Is it even right to feel this way? What could be the cause of feeling like a dead dog? These questions!

The story continues with the King giving back to Mephibosheth all that belonged to his grandfather and granting him a seat at the King’s table. Restoration and honor have a way of removing the rut in us and get us away from the rut. Dining with the king is all we need. 

For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.

Psalms 18:29 (ESV)

Like Mephibosheth the King is with us, offering to restore us and give us a seat at His table. By our King, Jesus, we can run against a troop and leap over a wall. No limitation can stand against us. Abudant life is our super power.

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:4 – 5 (ESV)

One comment

  1. The invitation from the king is there for us to take. It is an intentional choice to take it. The enemy would love us to be in a rut spiritually with no progress. This reminded me of something I heard my pastor say- if we think we are in the very same place spiritually for a while , you might think yes I am not moving forward but at least I am not moving backwards. But the reality is if there is no active movement( growth) toward God you will find that you are moving away from Him and not realising it.


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