Reading through the Bible together
I imagine that as David recounted the story of his victory over Goliath to King Saul that Jonathan, standing near by, must have felt a deep stirring in his soul as he remembered his own battle of faith (I Sam. 14:6). These young warriors had much in common.
Both Jonathan and David exhibited a rare daring faith in their day and age. They had a faith that said, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31); a faith that said, “Not by might or by power, but by God’s Spirit” will the victory be won (Zech. 4:6); a faith that said, “Thou he slay me, yet will I trust in Him” (Job 13:15). Both David and Jonathan had brought victory almost single-handedly to Israel as they moved forward depending on God for strength; both went above and beyond the call of duty; both were humble, yet boldly willing to stand for truth whatever the cost.
They also shared one more important thing in common. They were both in line for the throne; one by birth and one by God’s design. If there was anyone that should have disliked David, it should have been Jonathon. But rather than fighting for his rights, or becoming bitter or envious of David’s strength (like his father Saul did), Jonathan yielded to God’s divine plan. He not only yielded, but he joyfully striped himself of his princely robes, even his armor, and put these on David thereby acknowledging him to be the rightfully chosen king. Jonathan also covenanted to give his friendship and loyal protection to David and his household forever, and David to the same for him. What a beautiful picture of unselfish Christ-like love.
In addition to the beginning of Jonathon and David’s beautiful friendship, four times throughout this chapter we see that David behaved himself wisely in all that he did for Saul. Even though he knew that he was to be king, and even though it became more and more evident that Saul was his enemy, he did not take advantage of his God-given leadership, nor did he seek the Kingdom by force, but he served Saul faithfully, and continued to wait upon the Lord.
If we feel that God has called us to some great task, we might be tempted to force circumstances to bring about what we believe to be God’s will, rather than waiting on God and walking by faith. But in James 4:10 we are told: “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” Like Jonathan and David, let us seek to humble ourselves before God and allow Him to be the One that lifts us up!
Melodious Echo Mason
ARME Bible Camp Ministries