Week 29: Our word for life

Today’s reading:
1 Samuel 18: 3, 4
And Jonathan made a solemn pact with David, because he loved him as he loved himself. Jonathan sealed the pact by taking off his robe and giving it to David, together with his tunic, sword, bow, and belt.” (NLT)

Here is a quick backgrounder – Jonathan is King Saul’s son. David is the latest hero in Israel and is also one of the commanders of Saul’s army. Jonathan is David’s best friend. The people love David better. Saul becomes jealous and starts to hates him. Saul wants him dead.

Now we think something like that would change the friendship between Jonathan and David. Nope. In fact, it grows stronger. Jonathan helps David escape from his own father’s schemes. But Saul had a reason and he says it in 1 Samuel 20: 31, “As long as that son of Jesse is alive, you’ll never be king. Now go and get him so I can kill him!”. David was getting so popular that the legal heir of the throne, Jonathan would not stand a chance against him. Saul, as any good father would do, was looking out for his son. But his methods were questionable.

Meanwhile, David and Jonathan’s friendship grew strong. And Jonathan died in battle and David becomes king of Israel. Read what David did  – One day David asked, “Is anyone in Saul’s family still alive—anyone to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”. David remembered his promise to his best friend. He adopted Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth and gave him all the property that once belonged to his grandfather Saul, and he let him eat there with David at the king’s table!” (2 Samuel 9)

David didn’t have to do any of this. Saul was dead. The man who sought David’s life was gone. This was the same man that made David’s life miserable by keeping him on the run always. Now all of Saul’s family was dead, except for this one crippled guy. For the way Saul treated David, he was not obliged to do anything for anybody in Saul’s family. But David was not a man of circumstance. He was a man of his word. He kept his promise to Jonathan, just as Jonathan kept his word to David. David did not let Saul spoil the relationship between them.

So who are you? A man of circumstance? A woman who is swayed by the wind? Or are you someone who keeps your word? You do not have to do it on your own. Listen to what Jonathan said, “And may the Lord make us keep our promises to each other, for he has witnessed them“. 1 Samuel 20: 23.

What do I pray?
Pray the Lord to help you keep your word. Apologize for words not kept. Seek him. Trust him. Ask guidance to live a life where you can trust Jesus and people around you can trust you as well.

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