As Saul’s son, Jonathan was the rightful successor to the throne. From a worldly perspective, he was the next in line to become the king of Israel, and with it would come great wealth and power. But God does not operate according to humanity’s expectations or customs. He had chosen David, not Jonathan, to succeed Saul. Jonathan knew it and Jonathan accepted it.
As Jonathan and David prepared to part ways, the question Jonathan asked David assumed something important: that David would be king, not him. In asking David to show kindness, he was acknowledging that David would be in a more powerful position to offer that kindness. Jonathan recognized that he and his family would stand or fall at the whim of David, his friend.
There are times in our lives when God does the unexpected. There are times when what we feel we have earned or what we feel we deserve goes to another. Perhaps we are passed over for a job promotion. Maybe our adoption is denied. Or it might be that a good friend becomes a better friend with someone else. Whatever it is, we will find ourselves in the same position as Jonathan. Will we resist God; will we fight and push back, digging in our heels over what we feel we deserve? Or will we trust God, yield to Him, and acknowledge that His ways are higher than ours?
How should Christ’s humbling Himself and dying a death He did not deserve shape the way you feel about what you have earned or deserve in life?