"Season Of Lo Debar"
Mephibosheth son of Johnathan (King Saul Son) was a five years old boy staying in the presence of royalty; when suddenly, his father Johnathan and his grandfather King Saul was killed on Mount Gilboa. It was costume that the next king in line to take the throne would kill everybody in the current king’s family in order to purge the bloodline of anyone maintaining their royal estate. So out of fear for Mephibosheth life, the nurse of the house grabbed him and proceeded to depart to another location. In the process of escaping she fell and drop him; causing him to become paralyze. They then migrated to the town of Lo Debar. Lo debar is a desolate place, a place of isolation, a place of rejection, a place of no revelation, and a place of misunderstood. The irony of how he went from enjoying life in a palace to a desolate place of brokenness. He intentional did nothing wrong but end up in a place that barred no fruit. Are you in a “Season of Lo Debar”? Sometimes God will take you out of a fruit barren environment in order to push you into a place where he can refine you for what he has in store for you. Take Joseph for example, he was living comfortable in a palace and end up in a pit (Jail). But it was the pit that prepared him for what God had greater for his life. There will be seasons where God will place you in a Lo Debar to prune you, prepare you and strengthen you for his purpose. Jesus spoke of this process of pruning in John 15:2 when he said “He cut off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch in me that does bears fruit, he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. The fact is that God use isolation for the world to draw you closer to him. Just like he uses battles to teach you how to put trust in him to obtain the “Victory”. While you are experiencing the reality of Lo Debar; let your praise be the armor that will sustain you in times of affliction. Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance James 1:2-3. So let a posture of praise be your defining attitude that reflect the mentality of: “Regardless of what every situation I’m in I will praise the Lord at all times.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 16 - 17 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.