2 Samuel 16:1-2—And when David was a little past the top of the hill, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of asses saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and a hundred bunches of raisins, and a hundred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine. And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And Ziba said, The asses are for the king’s household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as be faint in the wilderness may drink.
Remember Ziba? He was Saul’s servant. David appointed him and his family to be servants of Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth. After all the kindness and mercy that David showed Mephibosheth, he turned on him, hoping to inherit Saul’s throne. Ziba was loyal to David. David’s young children and wives needed animals to ride so that they could keep up. Ziba provided them and food to nourish them all on the journey. What David could not prepare on the short notice with his sudden flight, God provided from an unlikely source. We can know that when we are in the middle of calamity, God will provide. It seemed unjust that Ziba and family had been freed when Saul died and then turned back into the servants of Saul’s family. Nevertheless, they humbly submitted. Now they are free again. All Israel was choosing sides. Will you side with the Usurper or with the true King? The Usurper promises position and power, but he cannot deliver. You will find real freedom with hardship if you follow the true King. Your service will be rewarded for He is just and genuinely appreciative.