Christian Devotional – August 22, 2020

Always Second – #8

A peacemaker. Jonathan used his position with both Saul and David in order to do his best to maintain the peace between them. Read 1 Samuel 19:1-7.

Now Saul told Jonathan his son and all his servants to put David to death. But Jonathan, Saul’s son, greatly delighted in David. So Jonathan told David saying, “Saul my father is seeking to put you to death. Now therefore, please be on guard in the morning, and stay in a secret place and hide yourself. I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are, and I will speak with my father about you; if I find out anything, then I will tell you.” Then Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, “Do not let the king sin against his servant David, since he has not sinned against you, and since his deeds have been very beneficial to you. For he took his life in his hand and struck the Philistine, and the Lord brought about a great deliverance for all Israel; you saw it and rejoiced. Why then will you sin against innocent blood by putting David to death without a cause?” Saul listened to the voice of Jonathan, and Saul vowed, “As the Lord lives, he shall not be put to death.” Then Jonathan called David, and Jonathan told him all these words. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence as formerly.
1 Samuel 19:1‭-‬7 NASB

David has gotten more popular than soul and as a result song has become very jealous. Here we see saw order that David be put to death. Jonathan uses his influence with saw to have a conversation with him to remind him of all the things that David has done to him and for him color and to see that David is a put to death.

Even though Jonathan is in second place to both of these men, he is trying to see them reconciled. He desires that there is peace between them. He goes so far as to risk is relationship with his father just to get him and David back together.

Are we willing to be peacemakers for others? Do we seek out an opportunity to do that? Even though he wasn’t in power, he did what he could to see peace.

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