Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020.
Topic: All For Yourself
Read: 1 Samuel 20:34-42
1 Samuel 20:34-42 So Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and ate no food that second day of the month, for he grieved for David because his father had disgraced him.
In the morning Jonathan went out into the field at the time appointed with David, and a little lad was with him.
And he said to his lad, Run, find the arrows which I shoot. And as the lad ran, he shot an arrow beyond him.
When the lad came to the place where Jonathan had shot the arrow, Jonathan called to [him], Is not the arrow beyond you?
And Jonathan cried after the lad, Make speed, haste, stay not! The lad gathered up the arrow and came to his master.
But the lad knew nothing; only Jonathan and David knew the matter.
Jonathan gave his weapons to his lad and told him, Go, carry them to the city
And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose from beside the heap of stones and fell on his face to the ground and bowed himself three times. And they kissed one another and wept with one another until David got control of himself.
And Jonathan told David, Go in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn to each other in the name of the Lord, saying, The Lord shall be between me and you, and between my descendants and yours forever. And Jonathan arose and departed into the city.
Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days (Ecclesiastes 11:1).
Jonathan, the son of King Saul, truly loved David, one of his father’s servants. He loved David to the point that he disagreed with King Saul’s plan to kill him and also give the throne to him. After the death of Jonathan, David because king over Israel; the new King remembered the agreement he had with Jonathan (1 Sam. 20:42). He remembered his son, Mephibosheth.
The good life we live, the kindness we show, and those acts of wickedness and evil are for those who do them and their generation to come. We have seen children of both good and bad ones of our days reaping the very thing their parent did. Your attitude towards your work, spouse, family members, community, and nation is that which will come back to you, in due course.
Two brothers once lived and worked in a city; they both from time to time sent money for the upkeep of their aged father in the village. Unknown to them, their father used the money sent by each brothers to build a house for each of them. After many years, he invited his sons for a great feast; there he presented the house built to each of them. He handed over the keys to each. One of the brothers got a well-furnished house while the other got an uncompleted building. The one with uncompleted house protested about the condition of his house. It was then their father told him that, that was all the money he sent for his upkeep over the years could do.
The very way you live in this world determines what your eternity will be (2 Cor. 5:10). We shall have the reward of whatever we do to God and man at the appropriate time. Therefore, don’t do anything by sinful means. Let your love for God and man move you to positive, godly and productive actions. Your are doing it for yourself.
1. Lord, forgive me of all my wrong deeds of the past that may stand against me in the future.
2. Pray that the mercy of God Almighty will speak for you over all the past lifestyle that may bounce back in the future.
3. Pray that God will help you to focus on doing what pleases God and those things that will grand you reward in heaven.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Psalms 52-56; Revelation 14