Today’s Verse, 1 Samuel 20:4

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Jonathan said to David, “Whatever you want me to do, I’ll do for you.”

1 Samuel 20:4

Reflections on Today’s Verse

There is a story of two friends in World War I who were inseparable. They had enlisted together, trained together, were shipped overseas together, and fought side-by-side in the battle together.
During an attack, one man was critically wounded in a field filled with barbed wire obstacles. He was unable to crawl back to his foxhole. The entire area was under heavy enemy crossfire, and it was indeed suicidal to try to reach him.

Yet ,his friend decided to do just that. The sergeant told him, “It’s too late. You can’t do him any good, and you’ll only get yourself killed.” But the man went anyway. He returned a few minutes later, carrying his friend. But he had been mortally wounded.

The sergeant was both angry and deeply moved. He blurted out, “What a waste! He’s dead and you’re dying. It just wasn’t worth it.” With almost his last breath, the dying man replied, “Oh, yes it was, Sarge. When I got to him, the only thing he said was, ‘I knew you’d come, Jim.'”

In a very similar story in 1 Samuel 20, David and Johnathan prove their loyalty to each other. Jonathan agrees to inform David if his father, Saul, is truly going to harm him. There is no hesitation on the part of Jonathan to make and keep promises. His desire is to see God’s best work in David’s life, and his life protected.
Besides Jonathan and David, perhaps one of the greatest biblical examples of encouragement between believers in God comes from the early church leader Barnabas. A glimpse of this can be seen when Barnabas arrived at Antioch after a stint of persecution separated the disciples and early believers. Instead of casting doubt on the situation or scorning the people for the fearful attitude, Barnabas “encouraged them all to remain true to the LORD with all their hearts” (Acts 11:23). It was this attitude that made Barnabas a vital asset to the early formation of the church in its darkest hours.

Are you and your best friends like David and Johnathan? Have you been loyal to your friends? Do you need to seek forgiveness for something you did to them?

As you grow in fellowship with other believers (Hebrews 10:24-25), remember to encourage your brothers and sisters in Christ to actively worship, fast, and pray together. Create a desire to be loyal to your friends every day of the week.

Such actions are the first step to removing our motivations and preparing to understand the plan and will of God for our lives.

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Today’s Prayer

Father, for a day filled with rejoicing, not resenting; worshiping, not whining; forgiving, not festering, we trust you. Father, may we be far more committed to bringing encouragement today than criticism: Faith expressing itself in love. Lord, like Jonathan and David, we know that a friendship centered on your in the Body of Christ is our greatest encouragement outside yourself. We need you for this task, Lord. Thank you for your grace to accomplishment. And thank you that your Son died for me to satisfy your wrath! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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The Reflections, Prayer and Video on Today's Verse are written and recorded by senior pastor Darin Smith.

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