Today’s passage almost reads like a script from a made for television movie. There are dynamic characters, unexpected twists in the plot, dramatic scenes, and even a happy ending. But, this is not a made up fictional story meant for our entertainment. This is a true account involving real people, real emotions, and a real God who is working through it all. I mentioned in my last post about how much I admire Jonathan in scripture, and this passage emphasizes that even more.
Imagine what Jonathan must have been going through. His father has been rejected as king, sinned against the Lord, was leading others to sin against the Lord, verbally abused him, and tried to kill him. Not exactly the Godly role model a son would want to look up to. Not only that, Jonathan has to deal with the fact that his father is seeking to hunt down and murder his best friend. Jonathan’s circumstances and family dynamics were essentially a recipe for destruction in his life. Yet, we continually see that it is Jonathan’s relationship with God and commit to do what is right that drives his actions. He is faithful to the Lord and loyal to his friend David by saving his life and assuring David’s kingship and dynasty over his own. Not only is Jonathan a great friend, he is a great example of how God can radically change and use someone despite the odds stacked against them.
Every one of us has a story that is laden with hardship and struggles at some point. For some, it could be an abusive father as Jonathan had. For others, poverty, neglect, or discrimination is a part of your past. These are moments in our lives that have lasting effects on us, but they do not have to define who we are. The amazing truth of the gospel is that no matter what circumstances and struggles we have lived through, in Christ we are made into new creations, with a new identity and a new purpose. That purpose is not to go on sinning and repeating the sins of our fathers, but to chart a new path for our lives and our families moving into the future that seeks to glorify Christ. Listen to Paul’s declaration for those who are in Christ from Ephesians 1:4-6
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
If you are in Christ today, be reminded that your identity is as son or daughter to the King of Kings. Be reminded that it is the amazing grace of God extended to you through the gospel that frees you from the sins of your past and calls you to live to glorify His name in the future. Spend a few moments today praising God for your new identity in Christ and pray for those in your life who need the transforming grace of the gospel to save them. Be bold this week in sharing some of the challenges in your life that God has delivered you from with others. You never know who may be going through, or has gone through, something similar and needs to hear the hope they desire comes from Jesus.
By: Matt Mofield