“But the men said to Saul, ‘Should Jonathan die – he who has brought about this great deliverance in Israel? Never! As surely as the Lord lives, not a hair of his head will fall to the ground, for he did this today with God’s help.’ So the men rescued Jonathan, and he was not put to death.” 1 Samuel 14:45.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 1 Samuel 14, 1 Chronicles 4, and 2 Corinthians 13.
King Saul had a hair-brained scheme that not everyone knew about. “Don’t eat,” he said, “until we’ve done such-and-such.” Violators will be killed.
Jonathan, unaware of what his father had come up with, ate some honey.
Jonathan earlier, before the honey eating, had started the rout of the Philistines following God’s lead. Saul had no idea that this had happened.
The battle is over (and won) and Saul wants to track down any who may have disobeyed his eating rule. Turns out that the violator was his son Jonathan.
Saul tells his forces that Jonathan must be killed. At this point his forces, in today’s verse, tell him otherwise.
Sometimes right and wrong is very clear. To Saul’s forces, Jonathan had been led by God to lead the Israelites to victory over the Philistines. They were not going to be part of something that was wrong.
I need to be in God’s will full-time. In that position I will be able to discern right and wrong. If something is wrong, I must be willing to speak/stand up against it.
Standing up for right may not always be painless. Contradicting King Saul could have repercussions.
That is why I MUST function filled with Him. I’ll mess things up big-time otherwise.
Credit Saul for backing off when he saw the determination of his forces in opposition to killing Jonathan.
I must make sure that everything I do follows God’s lead, not my own whims. I must be willing to change if I get things wrong.
“There is so much for me to learn about You. I must learn that I will not get things right on my own. I will mess things up and set things back. O Father, help me. Show me the way I should go. Teach me to do Your will. You are my God.”
Who is your leader? It better not be a fallible human.