So glad it’s Wednesday! That means Falen & Laura will be hosting their usual link up “Into the Word Wednesday” over at Upward Not Inward. This is a link up where we tell what the Word is saying to us. With no further delay, I present to you, my findings, this week, while into the Word:
I Samuel 20:17 Now Jonathan again caused David to vow, because he loved him;for he loved him as he loved his own soul.
Jonathan and David were terrific friends. They had a deep connection that meant the world to each of them. Jonathan’s dad Saul did not like David. He threw a spear at David, trying to kill him at one point. And do you know why? He was jealous of him, that’s why. Why is it we let jealousy have such a strong hold over us? Jonathan was so upset with his father, that
he arose from the table in fierce anger, and ate no food the second day of the month,
for he was grieved for David, because his father had treated him shamefully. v. 34
Saul did not stop there with his jealousy.
I Samuel 23:14 says ….Saul sought him (David) every day but God did not deliver him into his hand.
Why did God not let Saul find David? He was holding out for the greater good. He wanted Saul to be truly sorry for how he was treating David. God was trying to teach Saul a lesson that being jealous hearted is not Godly & it doesn’t lead to anything good.
I Samuel 24: 4 …And David arose & secretly cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.
David perhaps was trying to seek revenge on Saul by cutting a corner of his robe when he found him sleeping. Just to let him know,
“Hey Jack, I could have turned you every which way but loose, but I didn’t.”
Later when David caught up with Saul, he had already realized,
“You know what? I tried to be a scoundrel like Saul, but then it dawned on me, if I get in the pig pen with the wallerin’ pigs, I’m gonna get some mud on me and ain’t nobody got time for that.”
That’s when , David told Saul what he had done & why he had done it. David responded with kindness when Saul was showing him hatred & jealousy. Saul’s response was this:
v. 17 You are more righteous than I; for you have rewarded me with good, whereas I have rewarded you with evil.
Do you think Saul knew he had been treating David wrong? You better bet your bottom dollar he did. David did the right thing. He was kind, even when Saul was everything but kind to him. This still holds true for today. My prayer is that the Lord will help us to be kind, even when kindness is the farthest thing from what we are being treated. Why? Because just like it was for David, it’s the right thing to do. You will never regret being kind. You may regret being hateful, mean, or spiteful. However, you will never regret being kind.
Thanks so much for stopping by & visiting with me today. Go on by Upward Not Inward & link up with those girls. It’s such a blessing to see what the Word is saying to others. I have to be going now, because I should be washing clothes.