每日诗歌: All I once held dear (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4IgusP8Z8w)
1 Samuel 19 [Read]
1 Samuel 20 [Read]
1 Samuel 21 [Read]
Luke 15:11-32 [Read]
I like watching meteors. They shoot through the sky like nature’s firework, emitting bright light with a shining tail. In a few seconds, they disappear into darkness leaving us with breathtaking awe and unforgettable memory. Some people are like meteors in the vast sky of human history. Although they do not have a long lifespan, the brilliance of their life stays in people’s heart for a long time. Jonathan is one of them.
Jonathan knew love. After David defeated Goliath, he became one in spirit with David (18:1). He was not jealous of David’s success, and he loved him as himself (18:3). When he learned the vengeance his father had against David, he was grieved by his father’s behavior (20:34). His heart was pure and so was his love. Knowing his father’s plan to kill David, he let him go to show his loyalty and true love towards his friend.
Jonathan knew trust. Throughout his struggle with the Philistines, he was always in a disadvantage against them in terms of manpower. However, that was never a consideration for Jonathan. All he cared about was whether God was not his side (14:10). Once he had the confirmation, he went forth without hesitation. He put his full trust in the LORD who controlled the outcome.
Jonathan knew selflessness. He knew that his father would give him the nation (20:31), but he also knew that God was with David (20:13). He did not join his father’s devious scheme to kill the threat of his future throne. Instead, he submitted to God’s plan for his nation. All he asked was for David not to cut off his kindness to his family (20:15), and David kept his promise (2 Sam 9:7). There was no personal agenda in Jonathan’s heart, only God’s plan.
Overall speaking, Jonathan knew God. Because of that, his heart was right and his deeds were pleasing to God. His life may be short, but his character endures forever.
How shall we live our life? The father-son pair of Saul and Jonathan provides us with a clear contrast. Power and fame may last for a while, but the selfless love and trust based on the true knowledge of God endure forever. Let us “fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Cor 4:18).
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