I Samuel 20 final–It is Time to Move On

 Jonathan, of course, was shocked and heartbroken as his dad launched a spear at him.  Funny thing was that what broke his heart was his recognition that he had lost two dear friends–his dad and David.  Jonathan did as he promised. He warned David and helped him to make his escape. In doing that, however, the reality of his circumstance became real. Saul had abandoned God. He had become obsessed with holding on to the kingdom in his power and by simple force of will. Jonathan now saw that Saul would do anything and or kill anyone that came between Saul and his kingdom.
 
Jonathan still loved God but was trapped in a mess.  He would have to be strong and honorable, but inside, he knew his dad had taken away any opportunity for a lasting kingdom.  Jonathan must have been an amazing man and his sparing David a sign of true love for God and his friend. For David, it was time to move on and trust God to prepare, provide and protect him from the wrath of Saul. It is a part of the journey that all would gladly avoid.
 
In our lives, we often are given insight when it is time to move on. It is painful, scary and usually not our plan.  If we do believe that God is God and will keep His promises, then making those transitions is a no-brainer.  We have to fully rely upon God to lead and make the path straight. Sadly, it is not about the pain and disappointments in life–it is simply about running the race to win and to become like him. That is what David did, and that is what, I am pretty sure Jonathan did as well.
 
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29 He said, ‘Let me go because our family is observing a sacrifice in the town and my brother has ordered me to be there. If I have found favor in your eyes, let me get away to see my brothers.’ That is why he has not come to the king’s table.”

30 Saul’s anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, “You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don’t I know that you have sided with the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of the mother who bore you? 31 As long as the son of Jesse lives on this earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. Now send someone to bring him to me, for he must die!”

32 “Why should he be put to death? What has he done?” Jonathan asked his father. 33 But Saul hurled his spear at him to kill him. Then Jonathan knew that his father intended to kill David.

34 Jonathan got up from the table in fierce anger; on that second day of the feast he did not eat, because he was grieved at his father’s shameful treatment of David.

35 In the morning Jonathan went out to the field for his meeting with David. He had a small boy with him, 36 and he said to the boy, “Run and find the arrows I shoot.” As the boy ran, he shot an arrow beyond him. 37 When the boy came to the place where Jonathan’s arrow had fallen, Jonathan called out after him, “Isn’t the arrow beyond you?” 38 Then he shouted, “Hurry! Go quickly! Don’t stop!” The boy picked up the arrow and returned to his master.39 (The boy knew nothing about all this; only Jonathan and David knew.) 40 Then Jonathan gave his weapons to the boy and said, “Go, carry them back to town.”

41 After the boy had gone, David got up from the south side of the stone and bowed down before Jonathan three times, with his face to the ground. Then they kissed each other and wept together—but David wept the most.

42 Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord is a witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.’” Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.[b]

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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