1 Samuel 20

“If I am still alive, show me the steadfast love of the LORD, that I may not die …” (v14). Jonathan knew that pledging loyalty to David meant that he was giving up his own right to the throne and risking his life.  Jonathan was the heir, but he saw that God was going to establish David’s kingdom (v15), despite his father Saul’s wild threats and attacks (v1).  Jonathan helped David escape and endured his father’s rages for the sake of their friendship and the future kingdom (v30-33).

“Whatever you say, I will do for you” (v4). Jonathan’s selfless devotion shows what is possible when, instead of protecting ourselves, we throw ourselves into the cause of our King.