David and Jonathan
Jesse M. Hendley
1 Samuel 18:1-4
In First Timothy 6:12 Paul says, ''Fight the good fight of the FAITH!''
In First Samuel 18 we read the record about David and Jonathan. In these two men, two of the most outstanding of all time, we have a picture of what it means to fight the good fight of the faith.
Many people do not know what faith is. Many others do not know that it is a battle to know God. Some people say they believe in God but never really have believed Him for anything. Those of us who have tried to know Him know that it is a battle to really BELIEVE God, to BELIEVE just what He says.
The other day I was talking to a man whose wife died and he was telling me about how things were now at home. He said, ''You know, she's gone, isn't she?'' I said, ''Yes, she's gone. She is not coming back. But we can go to her. She is alive and happy with the Lord. She was a real Christian.'' He said, in a dejected sort of way, ''I hope so.''
''I hope so.'' Beloved, I sympathize with anyone who has lost a loved one, but hasn't God given us His Word? Do we really believe God? Have we ever really believed God about anything? If we can't believe God for something here, can we believe Him for something hereafter? What does it mean to have faith in God, to really trust God? Do we really believe Him? How MUCH do we believe Him? Why should it be such a battle for us to just take God at His Word and believe that He means exactly what He says? Well, it IS a battle. The Bible reveals it.
Faith is illustrated in First Samuel in the record of David and Jonathan. Chapter 18, verse 1. ''And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.''
This man Jonathan is one of the most admirable men in the entire Bible. Although he doesn't take up as much space in the Bible as David, his name and character are nevertheless am ...
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