2 Samuel 9:4
4 “Where is he?” the king asked.
Ziba answered, “He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.”
David finds Jonathan’s last surviving son hiding out in a place called Lo Debar. Lo Debar literally means “no pasture”. In other words, this fugitive of the house of Saul is living in a desolate wasteland of a home. From this desolate place, David will restore Mephibosheth and move him to a place of honor, literally in the court and house of David.
The analogy is clear. God has taken us from where we were and brought us to where He is – to a place of fellowship with Him. If you consider for a moment the story of Adam and Eve, you will find so many connections to this story. Adam and Eve once lived in the presence of God. Mephibosheth once lived in the courts of the king. Adam and Eve fled in fear after their sin as God entered the garden. Mephibosheth was whisked away in fear for his life. Adam and Eve were banished from the garden. Mephibosheth was banished to a land of desolation. In the end Mephibosheth is restored to the place he once lived, and we too are restored to the place Adam and Eve once held, a place in the presence of God.
Know that whatever place you find yourself in, God’s grace is for you and He will restore you to that place in His presence through the grace of Jesus Christ.