If I am still alive, show me the steadfast love of the Lord, that I may not die; and do not cut off your steadfast love from my house forever, when the Lord cuts off every one of the enemies of David from the face of the earth.” — I Samuel 20:14-15
Helping people in need can be challenging, uncomfortable, time consuming, dangerous and I can almost guarantee it will never be convenient. However, it is right, good, rewarding and God honoring.
David had more than his share of trouble, not the least of which was his dealings with Saul. King Saul, in todays terms, would most likely be seen as someone who was emotionally unstable at times. Saul would go through periods of paranoia, which would send him into murderous rages. Unfortunately for David, the king’s bitterness and jealousy were typically directed toward him. This made for a very uncomfortable experience for David and forced him to head for the wilderness to find safety.
Fortunately for David, Saul’s son Jonathan was willing to assist his troubled friend. Jonathan understood the popularity of David and recognized him as a young charismatic hero who might one day ascend to the throne. In fact, from a political perspective, Jonathan would certainly have benefited more from David’s death than for him to remain alive. However, Jonathan knew the right thing to do was to help David.
But the two young men whose status and situations were so different, had important things in common. They both valued strong, loyal friendship. They both took their commitment to the Lord seriously. They also knew followers of the Lord needed to treat others with this faithful love as well. This relationship was not just about personal friendship, which was very strong; instead it was about treating people rightly and recognizing the Lord was watching.
We serve a Lord who acknowledges those who help others who are in need. Just as with David, the Lord knows our needs and moves with compassion keeping His promises to us. Jesus did not hesitate to pay the ultimate sacrifice to help us in our time of trouble to be able to return to God.
So the next time you do not feel like helping someone in need, REMEMBER the One who helped you at your greatest time of need.