In the reading from today, it is evident that King Saul is obsessed with killing David. By chapter 21 his murderous intention is clearly not a secret. When Jonathon questions his father, Saul becomes enraged and hurls a spear at him (I Samuel 20:33). When Saul hears that David talks to and is aided by the priest at Nob, Saul kills 85 priests, and all the men, women, children, infants and animals of Nob.
While all this is happening, Jonathon (at great personal risk) helps and encourages David.
This event shows us a good example of a proud heart and a humble heart and the respective consequences of each.
King Saul had a proud heart when he disobeyed God and did not completely destroy the Amalekites and all their belongings. Out of pride he considered his popularity and his kingship more important God will. Because of this God opposed Saul, even sending an evil spirit to torment him. As James 4:6 says, “…God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
Jonathon had a humble heart and was ready to except God’s will. In turn Jonathon was given a very important role in God’s plan. Jonathon helped save David’s life. Also Jonathon encouraged David to continue following God (I Samuel 23:16-18).