Saul was very angry with Jonathan and said to him, ‘… I know that you have chosen to support that son of Jesse… As long as Jesse’s son lives, you will never be king and have a kingdom…’ – 1 Samuel 20:30-31 (ERV).
1 Samuel 20:30-42
The focus of our text today – Jonathan, clearly demonstrated in this passage that he knew his place in life; so even when his father verbally abused him and challenged him to fight for the throne, he wasn’t moved because he knew God had given the throne to his friend David and he was content to serve under David, besides, he wasn’t about to argue with God’s choice.Many a times we become envious of what other people have and we wish we were in their shoes.
If favor goes to someone and not us, we find it difficult to handle and sometimes we even go ahead and bad-mouth them. The desire for success and position has made some of us to walk out of God’s will for our lives – because we assume that God’s ways are slow and there is no spotlight on it. HOWEVER, WE HAVE THE WRONG DEFINITION OF SUCCESS – success is being where God wants you to be and doing what he wants you to do.
So the fact that God doesn’t choose you for a role does not mean there isn’t another role for you to play. There are still other husbands/wives to marry, there are still other jobs/businesses you can do, there are still more opportunities out there for you, THERE IS ENOUGH ROOM FOR EVERYBODY TO SHINE. Sometimes we fight over a jar of water when God really wants to give us a well or a fountain.
Don’t let people incite you to have an ungrateful, bitter heart, unhappy about what another person has, but be thankful for where you are on your way to where you are going.
Make THANKFULNESS your watchword this Tuesday!
Hebrews 13:5-6 and Psalm 138:8.
Lord I pray that my conduct will be without covetousness and I will be content with the things that you have given me; give me knowledge of Your will about my PLACE in life and the grace to shine in that PLACE in Jesus name.