15 Now David became aware that Saul had come out to seek his life while David was in the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh. 16 And Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David at Horesh, and encouraged him in God. 17 Thus he said to him, “Do not be afraid, because the hand of Saul my father will not find you, and you will be king over Israel and I will be next to you; and Saul my father knows that also.” 18 So the two of them made a covenant before the Lord; and David stayed at Horesh while Jonathan went to his house.”
and you will be king over Israel and I will be next to you.
I know so many people love David, so do I. He is a true servant of the Lord. But in the story of King Saul and David, I believe the unsung hero is Saul’s son, Jonathon. I have studied Jonathon’s life often. He stepped out in faith against the Philistines as well, by himself, alone with his armor bearer, even before David. (1 Samuel 14) But when he saw David go out against Goliath, he must have seen that David was the chosen, future king; for in 1 Samuel 18, Jonathon takes off his robe and sword and gives them to David. Basically, Jonathon surrenders himself to the will of God. This is definitely not a “like father, like son,” story. Jonathon’s father, King Saul failed miserably and pursued David, seeking to destroy him and keep him from gaining the Kingdom. But Jonathon, O precious Jonathon, he spent his life rescuing David, countless times, from the hand of his own father. Jonathon had to try to find a way to honor his Dad and still be faithful to God’s chosen of King. Now, that’s a hard row to hoe. I love how Jonathon says to David, in the above Scripture, “and you will be king over Israel and I will be next to you.” Jonathon surrendered his earthly right to the Kingdom, so He could honor and please the God he loved. He surrendered to God’s choice of David. He tells David, “You will be King, and I will be next to you.”
O, Precious Believer, there is no second fiddle with God. He is pleased when we do what He has shown us to do. There should be no “lording it over” one another, as the world does. We are to submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. We are called to consider others as better than ourselves. God is just as pleased with those who serve the Leader, as He is with the Leader, He has chosen. Again, I say,There is no second fiddle with God. There is only God’s call and God’s choosing. I feel His pleasure, when I do even the lowliest task. But honestly, I don’t think there is a lowliest task either. God smiles upon us when we serve one another in love. Let us love God, by loving one another. To Jesus be the Glory forever and ever.