The Powerful Glory of Yielding Power
Perhaps the only thing harder for prideful humans than humbly wielding power is humbly yielding power.
And the most beautiful Old Testament example of this is the way Jonathan yielded Israel’s throne to David. But as we see in 1 Samuel 23:15–18, he did far more than just yield.
Abinadab had watched his fugitive younger brother receive Jonathan like royalty. Such an embrace. Such intimate talk. Such weeping in farewell. What had David divulged to the enemy’s son?
He stepped beside David at the cave’s entrance and they watched Jonathan depart — returning to serve beside his father whose homicidal paranoia was forcing them to run like foxes and live like badgers.
“David, you won’t like my asking, but I need to. Is it wise just letting him go back to Saul?”
“My life is never safer than when it’s in his keeping.”
Abinadab shifted uneasily. “I know you love…