Saturday 9 March, 2013

1 Samuel 19:1-7

19 Saul told his son Jonathan and all of the attendants to kill David. But Jonathan liked David very much. 2 So Jonathan warned him, “My father Saul is looking for a chance to kill you. Be very careful tomorrow morning. Find a place to hide and stay there. 3 My father and I will come and stand in the field where you are hiding. I’ll speak to him about you. Then I’ll tell you what I find out.” 4 Jonathan told his father Saul some good things about David. He said to him, “Please don’t do anything to harm David. He hasn’t done anything to harm you. And what he’s done has helped you a lot. 5 He put his own life in danger when he killed Goliath. The Lord used him to win a great battle for the whole nation of Israel. When you saw it, you were glad. So why would you do anything to harm a man like David? He isn’t guilty of doing anything to harm you. Why would you want to kill him without any reason?” 6 Saul paid attention to Jonathan. He took an oath and made a promise. He said, “You can be sure that the Lord lives. And you can be just as sure that David will not be put to death.” 7 So Jonathan sent for David and told him everything he and Saul had said. Then he brought David to Saul. David served Saul as he had done before.

Wow, what an amazing passage. David has faithfully served Saul in battle and in his court, and yet Saul has determined that David is his enemy and he wants the young man dead. Who is it that God uses to protect David: a mighty warrior, a prophet, or member of his family? No! God uses the son of David’s enemy to protect him. Saul’s determination to harm David is matched by Jonathon’s determination

to save David. So often we are overwhelmed by challenging circumstances or relationships, and we struggle to have faith that God will turn a seemingly hopeless situation around. This is when we need to remember that our God is the God who places a Jonathon in our lives when we’re under attack from Saul. When we’re in those tough places will we focus on the ‘Saul’ of opposition, or look for ‘Jonathon,’ the blessings that God continually pours into our lives, and His constant faithful presence? As Jonathon’s friendship must have been especially precious to David because he was under attack, so will the blessings and presence of God be precious to us in the face of hardship.

Lord, help me to see through your eyes, help me see the Jonathon blessings in my life. I choose to put my trust in you that the Saul-like oppositions that come my way will not destroy me, because you will protect me. Amen.

Written cialis online by Beth Waugh

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