What I love about Jonathan in this passage is that Jonathan was saying to David: “You are going to be the king and I’m going to be next in command to you.” This is the prince, the heir apparent of the land officially, but he recognized God’s choice for the throne. He worked for the greatness of David and his greatness would have been secured there but along the line, he allowed family interest to override divine interest. Jonathan had a heart of love, he understood the law of greatness: “If God has chosen you, I agree with it. My greatness is locked up in your greatness, I will make you great and I will come up in this law.”
When you see the relationship of Saul and Jonathan around David, one died like a fool and the other was honoured because he applied the law. David did not kill Goliath to make a name for himself; he killed Goliath to redeem the honour of God and to make Saul look better because how will Saul return as king when he was defeated in the battle? But Saul couldn’t see that, and he started reducing from that day.
When there is someone around you that his greatness is irritating to you, you are going to lose your own. Another person’s greatness is not the reason for your fall and somebody else’s coming down is not a ticket to your rising up. Jesus is the only person that needs to come down for all of to rise and he has come down, so anyone of us that wants to rise, if you can’t rise on the ticket of the death of Jesus, you can’t rise at all! You simply can’t rise on the destruction of another person, don’t forget that.
PRAYER: Lord, purge me of any form of bitterness arising in me towards someone else’s greatness in Jesus’ name. Amen!
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Ezekiel 42:1-43:27, James 5:1-20, Psalm 119:1-16, Proverbs 28:6-7