Their Souls Were Knit 1 Sam. 18:1 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
The soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David after the victory over Goliath and the Philistines. What knit their souls together?
Their faith – 1 Sam 14:6, 10-12; 1 Sam 16:18; 1 Sam 17:45-47 – they both believed that in warfare, the Lord was the one who gave the victory. They didn’t attribute the power or the glory to themselves, though both were outstanding soldiers. We are to live by faith and live out our faith. Do you have enough faith to believe God will give you victory in your daily spiritual battles that you fight? Or are you like the rest of the army, entrenched and only waiting on the final outcome when we are raptured out of here?
Their fervor – 1 Sam 14:1, 13-14; 1 Sam 17:26, 29, 32 – these men were full of zeal, enthusiasm and fervency. They were not timid. We are to be a peculiar people zealous of good works. These men put their lives on the line just like Paul did. Paul said, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain,” [Phil 1:21].
Their fearlessness – 1 Sam 14:6; 1 Sam 17:33-36 – these young men were not afraid. Jonathan was outnumbered at least 10:1, if not more. David was unarmed and much smaller than his Philistine opponent. We are not to be afraid in our spiritual battles even though the devil is much more powerful than we are. God hath not given us the spirit of fear.
Their fortitude – 1 Sam 14:4-5, 12-14; 1 Sam 17:39-45 – Jonathan had to contend with 2 sharp rocks and he had to climb up to the garrison, thus expending lots of energy. He wasn’t deterred though he was outmanned and disadvantaged. David faced a well-armed giant with an armor bearer in front of him. Except for his sling, David was unarmed. He didn’t back down against these great odds. We are to be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. In our battles we are to withstand and stand. Does the least little disadvantage cause you to back down from your work?
Their force – 1 Sam 14:7, 20-23; 1 Sam 17:34-37, 52 – the force of a man’s character is the power to act effectively and vigorously with moral strength and to persuade and influence others with this power. Jonathan was able to persuade his armor bearer to fight with him at a great disadvantage and David was able to convince Saul to let him get into the fight with Goliath. What both of these men started caught on with the rest of their armies and persuaded these men to fight when they had been running scared. Do you have enough force of character to persuade others to join you in this fight?
Conclusion: if these men were here today, would their souls be knit with yours for the same reasons that their souls were knit with each other? Would your soul be knit with theirs?