David is still on the run. On his journey, he meets Ziba, the servant of Saul and Mephibosheth. He has food and animals for the king and his entourage to help as they travel. When David asks about his master, Mephibosheth, he answers honestly and tells the king that he stayed behind hoping the people of Israel would crown him king. This man whose life was spared and who had eaten at the king's table for many years turns his back on David. How does that happen? It starts with a lack of thankfulness. While Mephibosheth might have felt relief when David pardoned him and fed him, he was clearly never truly thankful for the king's actions. We not only betray people because of a lack of thankfulness, but also because of the "I deserve mentality" of our culture. You have heard it, "I deserve free food, free housing, and a free cell phone." Does anyone deserve any of that? We do not, but that attitude leads us to betray those who have treated us well so we can get something that seems better than what we currently have. Mephibosheth is the perfect example of that ideology. David gives Ziba, the faithful one, all of the land that he had restored to the king's grandson. He rewarded the faithful man and walked away from his betrayer. Have you started thinking that you deserve something? If so, would you be willing to put that attitude away and strive to be thankful for all that God has done? He has saved you; He has transformed you, and He has healed you! Will you serve Him faithfully and thank Him for who He is and what He does?

Help me, Lord, to be thankful for all that You have given me. Help me to leave that "I deserve mentality" in my youth and strive to live as a faithful man or woman of God.