Always Second – #10
The plan. David believes that Saul plans to kill him. Jonathan doesn’t believe it. But Jonathan trusts David, so they put together a plan. Read 1 Samuel 20:5-11.
So David said to Jonathan, “Behold, tomorrow is the new moon, and I ought to sit down to eat with the king. But let me go, that I may hide myself in the field until the third evening. If your father misses me at all, then say, ‘David earnestly asked leave of me to run to Bethlehem his city, because it is the yearly sacrifice there for the whole family.’ If he says, ‘It is good,’ your servant will be safe; but if he is very angry, know that he has decided on evil. Therefore deal kindly with your servant, for you have brought your servant into a covenant of the Lord with you. But if there is iniquity in me, put me to death yourself; for why then should you bring me to your father?” Jonathan said, “Far be it from you! For if I should indeed learn that evil has been decided by my father to come upon you, then would I not tell you about it?” Then David said to Jonathan, “Who will tell me if your father answers you harshly?” Jonathan said to David, “Come, and let us go out into the field.” So both of them went out to the field.
1 Samuel 20:5-11 NASB
Just because Jonathan doesn’t believe that what David is saying is true, doesn’t mean that he discounts or discredits what David is saying. He wants to understand where David is coming from and he wants to make sure that he hasn’t missed something.
When we disagree with other people, sometimes we can get that idea in our head and we stick with it, no matter what. We become unbendable and and inflexible in our perception of situations and people. We must remain open to influence from other Godly people around us and more importantly, from God himself. We are not perfect and so the judgments and decisions that we make will not be perfect. But, are we constantly seeking to understand God better then to allow God to influence us where he needs to because God is perfect? Are we allowing God to move and work in our life?