Whose Glory Am I Fighting For?
“And he said to him, ‘Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you. Saul my father also knows this.’ And the two of them made a covenant before the Lord. David remained at Horesh, and Jonathan went home.” 1 Samuel 23:17-18
Saul was rejected by God as king; he had disobeyed, and he sought his own glory and wanted to do things his own way. In His rejection of Saul, God sent Samuel to anoint a new king to come after Saul rather than choosing from Saul’s own family line. David was chosen, and as soon as Saul realized what was coming, he made it his personal mission to get rid of David. He was fighting for his own glory.
But his son Jonathan, who would have followed in kingship after his father, had a different perspective. He loved David, and he loved God. He knew David would be king, and in recognition of this, he stripped himself of his royal armor and gave it to David (1 Samuel 18:1-5). Jonathan saw who God had chosen and submitted to David—and ultimately to God.
Saul battled God’s will and pursued David in a feeble attempt to keep his own glory. Despite God’s obvious choice of David and rejection of him, Saul would fight for his own glory to his death. But Jonathan gave up his own glory he could have received as king. He humbly submitted to God’s choice of David and trusted that salvation would come through him.
Friends, we can fight and aimlessly strive for our own glory, or, like Jonathan, we can humbly give up our own glory and our own desires to serve and love God where He has placed us.
Dear God, please forgive me for the times I have fought for my own glory. Forgive me for when I have become angry with You when I see You are working out a different plan for me than I wanted. Help me to submit joyfully and trust You with what You are doing in my life.
Spend some time in Psalm 2 and see if you can see the parallels between how Saul and Jonathan reacted to God’s king (a picture of Christ to come).