I Samuel 20:42 (NKJV) Then Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, since we have both sworn in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘May the Lord be between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants, forever.’” So he arose and departed, and Jonathan went into the city.
Though often overlooked, the Old Testament character Jonathan is one of the most remarkable men in the Bible. Being the oldest son of King Saul, he was the heir to the throne of Israel. He was an experienced soldier, distinguished for his courage in battles of Israel for the Lord. We can learn so much from Jonathan!
The Old Testament character, David, was a shepherd boy, probably 15 years younger than Jonathan. Despite their differences, however, Jonathan and David formed a remarkable friendship, in part due to Jonathan’s humility. Often times we have to have a certain sense of humility to have and maintain friendships?
When David was anointed to succeed King Saul, Jonathan didn’t claim his right to the throne. David wasn’t in line for this honor. David was not King Saul biological son; Jonathan was. But Jonathan defended and protected David, the one taking his place. He even defended him against his own father. Saul repeatedly tried to kill David, but Jonathan risked his life to protect and encourage his friend.
Point to ponder- Are you willing to give up your rights or position? Or do you dig in your heels and arrogantly proclaim your entitlement? Surrender what’s due you and see God’s grace unfold in ways you couldn’t imagine. I have discovered some friendships are designed by God because some family relationships just don’t meet the standard!
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