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Thursday, February 11, 2016

In our last visit I introduced Jonathan, son of Israel’s first king, Saul, as an example of living out this impact thought: God wants me to walk, work and worship with divine clarity while living in the midst of human ambiguity and ambivalence. He was faithful to his father to his death while remaining true in his friendship with David, God’s anointed, but Saul’s nemesis. He found himself in the unenviable position of being between a rock and hard place. Ambiguity and ambivalence were his constant companions. His reward for living with divine clarity was seeing his father become more frustrated, arrogant and stubborn in his rebellion against God. This hardness of heart led to his death on the battle field. He never got to see David as king of Israel because he died in battle at his father’s side. I’m confident, however, when he arrived in heaven he received God’s affirmation: “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness” (Matthew 25:21). David mourned his death for days. Later he enquired, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” (2 Samuel 9:1) When they identified Mephibosheth, the crippled son of Jonathan, David gave his family’s land to him and welcomed him at all his meals at the kings table. The world needs more men like Joseph and Jonathan who lived with divine clarity amidst human ambiguity and ambivalence.

 

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