#DailyDevotion When You Have To Choose Between Family And What Is Right
Read 1 Sam 20:24–42
1Sa 20:30-33 Then Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said to him, “You son of a perverse, rebellious woman, do I not know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own shame, and to the shame of your mother’s nakedness? (31) For as long as the son of Jesse lives on the earth, neither you nor your kingdom shall be established. Therefore send and bring him to me, for he shall surely die.” (32) Then Jonathan answered Saul his father, “Why should he be put to death? What has he done?” (33) But Saul hurled his spear at him to strike him. So Jonathan knew that his father was determined to put David to death… 1Sa 20:41-42 And as soon as the boy had gone, David rose from beside the stone heap and fell on his face to the ground and bowed three times. And they kissed one another and wept with one another, David weeping the most. (42) Then Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, because we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, ‘The LORD shall be between me and you, and between my offspring and your offspring, forever.'” And he rose and departed, and Jonathan went into the city.
Jonathan was a man of many virtues. Despite the fact that Saul his father believed Jonathan was doing wrong for siding with David, Jonathan was doing the right thing. David had done nothing that deserved death. If Jonathan had helped his father Saul he would guilty of the blood of David. It certainly would not be an easy situation to be in.
Jonathan also believed the Word of the Lord. Certainly he would have known the word of Samuel which removed Saul’s dynasty from continuing after him and that Samuel had anointed David to succeed him. While it wasn’t selfish motives that moved Jonathan to side with David we can see that Jonathan bound himself and his children to David through their mutual vows and actions.
Have ever come to this situation in our lives? We feel we are torn between a rock and a hard place. What would the Lord have us to do? Would He not want us to do what is right even it brought undue hardships, angst and troubles upon us? He most certainly would. Because these things done in faith are not forgotten or unnoticed by our Lord. He most certainly does not want us to choose evil or wrong over good and right. Mercy and obedience is what he wants over any outwards actions which are not done in faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God.
To give us the strength to live such a life we have the example and power from Jesus’ life. He himself chose us over his own family when they did not know or believe in him. He chose to have mercy on us by suffering, being persecuted even to the point of death. Jesus chose to be a curse before all the world that you would have the blessings of God. In Christ then, if you are in Christ Jesus, you have his life to live in yours. He lives in you to live out his life in your life. He is our example to follow. He is more than our example. Jesus is the power to do it. You just have to trust him. He promises the Holy Spirit that we might be new people, a new creation.
Lord Jesus Christ, grant us your Holy Spirit and faith in your Word that we too like Jonathan may live our lives according to your Word and do what is right in your eyes and when we don’t grant us repentance unto life. Amen.