Day 107

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1 Samuel 23:13-25:44, Psalms 54 (NIV)

Steve Schonberg

Specifically 1 Samuel 23:16

David was scrambling for his life as he sought to evade King Saul, who wished to kill him. This must have been one of the most challenging times in his life. He and his followers had just delivered a Judean city, Keilah, from the Philistines. In repayment, the citizens of Keilah were willing to turn David over to Saul. David and his band then traveled to the Judean desert of Ziph to escape Saul. The people of Ziph notified Saul of David’s presence so that Saul could pursue him.

David was from the tribe of Judah, a war hero, and known to be God’s choice to be the future king of Israel. Saul, the current king from the tribe of Benjamin, was consumed by jealousy, and sought to thwart God’s plan by killing David so that his own son, Jonathan, could sit on the throne after his death. David’s flight was usually in the territory of Judah, where he hoped to find a more sympathetic population, or in foreign lands where Saul’s arm could not reach. In this episode, his own tribe and those he protected turned against him.

Jonathan and David’s friendship and loyalty to one another transcended all natural barriers. So when King Saul gathered the troops to hunt David down, Jonathan–at presumably great risk–was AWOL from that effort, found David and did a remarkable thing. This passage says that he “helped him to find strength in God.” If we are to truly help a fellow believer who is in dire straits, I can’t think of anything more important than this. Jonathan possessed several prerequisites that allowed him to be in this position to actually help David. First, his love for David was beyond doubt and had just been proven again by his actions. Second, he understood the situation with which David was dealing. Third, he actually believed God’s promise to David. Fourth, though a king’s son, he was willing to lose the throne because God had promised it to David. Jonathan helped David to find strength in God, by simply reminding David of God’s promise and believing it with him.

David’s renewed strength in God provided the courage for him to continue to honor God, and make right choices that ensured God’s ultimate blessing and the prosperity of his future kingdom.

When we face difficult situations is there a Jonathan who understands and is committed to us who will help us find strength in God? When the tables are turned will we be that Jonathan to others?

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6 responses »

  1. Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
    10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.
    But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
    Father, cause me to have and to be a Jonathan. We were not meant to go it alone. We all need others with Your hands, Your heart and Your mind all with the purpose of building Your Kingdom.

  2. Thank you for reminding us that David had a band.

    Thank you for reminding me of God’s Promise today and believing it with me.

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