Still, I really found interesting the passage in 2 Samuel 16:1-4.
When David had gone a short distance beyond the summit, there was Ziba, the steward of Mephibosheth, waiting to meet him. He had a string of donkeys saddled and loaded with two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred cakes of raisins, a hundred cakes of figs and a skin of wine.
The king asked Ziba, "Why have you brought these?"
Ziba answered, "The donkeys are for the king's household to ride on, the bread and fruit are for the men to eat, and the wine is to refresh those who become exhausted in the desert."
The king then asked, "Where is your master's grandson?"
Ziba said to him, "He is staying in Jerusalem, because he thinks, 'Today the house of Israel will give me back my grandfather's kingdom.' "
Then the king said to Ziba, "All that belonged to Mephibosheth is now yours."
"I humbly bow," Ziba said. "May I find favor in your eyes, my lord the king."
Absolom, David's son, was in Jerusalem taking over the city. King David was trying to get far enough away to raise an army and then take it back. And here is Jonathan's old steward, now serving Jonathan's grandon Mephibosheth.
Mephibosheth had been given all of Jonathan's lands because of the vow David made to Jonathan. But Mephibosheth turned against the King, and forgot all the King had done for him. David needed to punish such disloyalty.
And then there was Ziba, still loyal to God's annointed King, even though his master had betrayed him. David wanted to reward Ziba's loyalty. And now, the servant has become a master; the steward has become the owner!
Are we loyal to God's annointed, God's chosen leader? God rewards loyalty to His Kingdom, and to the leaders appointed over us. Be a good steward of what God has placed in your hands, and who knows what your reward might be!
Edit: Some friends commented in my journal with "the rest of the story," which I feel needed to be said. Please go read the comments: