A Devotion Based on 1 Samuel 19.1-20.42; 2 Samuel 9:1-13

Jonathan found himself stuck in between two kings. On one side was his father, King Saul, whom God had anointed through his prophet and judge Samuel to be the leader of God’s people. On the other side was his best friend, David, whom God had also anointed through his prophet and judge Samuel to be the leader of God’s people because the current king has failed to perform his duty. And now Jonathan had to make a choice between them: should he side with his father and turn David in or should he trust David and help him escape?

Saul made a convincing case: If David becomes king after him, then Jonathan will never be king. Their dynasty would be dead and gone before it even started. The smart play to protect their royal legacy was for Jonathan to help Saul murder David.

Saul made a convincing argument except for one glaring problem and that is King Saul himself. Saul was an incompetent ruler and an even more insecure person. We’re talking about a king who allowed a shepherd boy to fight his battles for him. This is a man who could not figure out whether to love David as a son or to kill him out of jealousy and spite. Saul gave David his daughter one day and suddenly he decided to kill him on their bed the next day. Who would put their trust in this volatile person?

Not his son. Jonathan knew that he could not trust Saul with the future of the kingdom and his own family. So he put his trust in David and David did not let him down.

A trustworthy person is hard to find. Our world is full of Sauls and not enough Davids. Deep down inside, we know that we cannot live this life without trusting someone else. Thus, we are always looking for that special someone or something that we can trust with our opinions, hope, dreams, secrets, finances – our everything. But because trustworthy people are hard to find, we often put our trust in unworthy people and pay the price for it.

As Christians we are blessed with the confidence that we can always trust Jesus with everything we have. He will never fail us. He will keep his promises not only to us but also to the generations after us. Everyone can and should put their trust in Jesus.

But can everyone trust the ones who put their trust in Jesus? Should people trust Christ followers? How can people trust Jesus if his followers – his representatives to this world – are not trustworthy?

Everyone needs someone to trust and that means everyone needs Jesus. But it also means that people need us to be trustworthy so they can confidently put their trust in Jesus. May we always be able to give them what they want and what they need: people they can trust so that they can then confidently put their trust in Jesus.