Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt. 1 Samuel 18:4
If there was ever a good example of bowing to God’s Sovereignty it was Jonathan. Every mention of Jonathan seems to be upstanding and right, no reason to not fill the throne following his father Saul. Yet he had the wisdom to recognize and honor God’s choice for the throne even if it wasn’t him and even if he couldn’t understand why. Jonathan had every reason to be bitter, to hate David, to use his standing to influence the king, after all, his father wanted God’s next in line (that wasn’t himself) dead anyway! How easy for Jonathan to come in and work his own will and way; but he chose not to.
Jonathan chose to submit to God’s perfect will, to serve wholeheartedly and with a willing mind even when he may not have understood and when it ment giving up all that the world would rightly think to give him.
Jonathan hands the future king his own sword acknowledging his authority. When his father has in mind to kill David, Jonathan chooses to speak highly of him and not only that, but credits the LORD and rightly so, as being behind David’s victories (19:5)!! Jonathan did not allow the devil a foothold on his heart with anger, bitterness or envy toward David or the Lord. He chose to humbly acknowledge and submit to the Fathers will and way backing the Fathers choice even though it wasn’t him; and Jonathan probably didn’t even have a clear answer as to “why?” for God’s sovereign choice.
How often do I not understand and thus think that justifies a poor attitude. I think if only God had done it differently; my way; but how do I know my way really would have been better? That’s only what I can surmise with my finite mind. Psalm 34:9-10 tells us that those who fear Him and seek Him lack no good thing! No good thing! Do we trust Him? Will we surrender our good for His best?
Lord please give me Your perspective, to see, hear, think and feel things according to Your Kingdom view to remember the cross and a God that would give His life for mine would only do the very, very best things for me. Help me to allow You to conform my will to Yours; and I think I just might start to realize You have given me the very best gifts I never even asked for.
Independent Read: Joshua 24:15, Isaiah 55:8-9