Power Struggle

Saul’s anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, “You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don’t I know that you have sided with the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of the mother who bore you?”

(1 Samuel 20:30 NIV)

Saul was furious. He couldn’t understand his son’s lack of concern for his own succession to the throne. Despite God’s clear message that He had chosen someone else, from a different family, to rule Israel, Saul was still trying hard to secure the throne, even if it meant that David should die. But Jonathan got the point and he actually helped David escape his father’s murder attempts. Sadly, Jonathan’s obedience warrants the tough words from his father in today’s passage.

When we realize that God has chosen someone else for whatever He has called them, it makes it easier for us to accept them and even support them. Others may view us as unconcerned about maintaining our position because they’re too concerned trying to keep theirs. But by obeying God, we get to see Him fulfill His purpose in the world. The Christ was from the family of David and He became our Saviour.

The ones who say “you can’t” and “you won’t” are probably the ones scared that you will. -Uknown

Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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