1 Samuel 20

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November 22, 2005 by Isaac Hovet

The incredible story of friendship continues here in chapter 20. Saul wants to kill David, but Saul’s son, Jonathan, does not know. David tries to ask Jonathan why Saul wants him dead, but Jonathan denies that his father would want to kill David. But, out of obvious trust and friendship, David and Jonathan form a plan by which Jonathan will be able to see the true heart of Saul towards David. Upon executing the plan, Saul’s heart and intention towards David is revealed. In the process Saul’s anger turns on Jonathan. He calls Jonathan a son of a whore and throws a spear at him. Jonathan sends word to David and the two find themselves having to say good-bye.

I am challenged to pursue relationship and friendship in a more vigorous way. How often do I allow others to be friends with me only when they agree with me? How often have I vowed to stick with friends no matter what life may bring? I think that this is something that we must pursue with passion. It revolves around commitment. Commitment means staying at something even when it sucks. Commitment means seeing the potential in people, rather than only allowing others to be who they are in the moment. That is a tough one for me. So often I pigeon-hole people. I want to be a releaser of people. I want to help people reach their potential.

Lord, help me to see with eyes of faith. Help me as a leader to develop others. I pray that I would no longer pigeon-hole people, but that I would learn to listen to what you listen to and to see what you see. I love you and commit this day to you. I need your guidance and love. I want to fear you. I am yours.


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