Some Lameness is Not Your Fault

Not your fault - can be a refreshing notion, when things get rough and tough in your life. A key idea in this series of devotionals, "The Blessed Lame Man," which is based on II Samuel 9:6-8, 13, is that, "We should be mindful of humility, blessings, and lameness."

In this devotional, let's focus on how some “lameness” is not because of something you have done wrong. There are children who were victimized by incest or abuse in some foster care situation who have grown up with all kinds of psychological lameness.

There are people who can do just as effective a job as others, but they suffer from racial lameness. There are others who suffer from gender lameness.

There are some people who would be better, but “Christians” keep overlooking the opportunity to lead them to Christ and to encourage their growth in the Lord. There are some communities that suffer from blight and all kinds of social ills because of a lack of involvement and leadership development.

Sometimes the lameness or challenges of our lives are not our fault, as was the case with Jonathan’s son, in our text. It was not Mephibosheth’s fault that he was lame (see II Sam. 4:4).

Self Examination

1. Can you see how lameness can be more painful, when you think you are the cause of the lameness?

2. Describe a situation of lameness in your life that you can see is not a result of something that you have done wrong.


Great and awesome God, the One who knows who is responsible for what, it is to You that I pray. Thank You for how You have kept me, in spite of the troubles that I have experienced that are beyond my control.

I confess that I can blame myself for matters that are really not my fault. Please forgive me, and help me to say to myself, where appropriate, “It is not your fault.” In Jesus' name, amen.

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