Afterward Jonathan called David and told him what had happened. Then he brought David to Saul, and David served in the court as before. – 1 Samuel 19:7

David knew from Saul’s anger and the attempt on his life earlier that he was a marked man. Jonathan nearly refused to believe that his father would want to harm let alone kill David. However, Jonathan would later learn that Saul did indeed want to kill David because his father tried to kill him over talking about David. In the meantime, Jon convinced David and Saul to have David restored to his place of service in the palace once more, howbeit all but a brief time, for Saul would once again try to pin David to the wall with a spear.

Sometimes we are put in places of service that seem totally contrary to the human mind. According to the world, most people would say, “Why bother going back to work for a boss that tried to not only fire you but eliminate you?” David knew the secret of humility. He was a poor shepherd boy from a small family in the town of Bethlehem. He didn’t even really know how he could’ve been the king’s son-in-law when he killed Goliath. Nevertheless, David served the king, God’s anointed, with full faith and diligence. We need to learn that same sense of loyalty not only to those God puts in our lives, whom we serve, but more importantly in God himself. God allows us to serve those in authority who are either kind or unkind. The kind leaders are there to develop us into more godly people through encouragement and equipping for the work ahead of us while the unkind leaders are there to train us to endure hardship and strengthen us in our resolve to stay committed to the cause God gives us and to him. Therefore, no matter what situation we find ourselves in, we need to serve God wholeheartedly and do our best to do all things as though unto God, even in the seemingly worst conditions.

Father, thank you for letting me experience work life that entailed serving those that really drove me to the edge of frustration and being out of mind. You used them to teach me patience, resolve, determination, commitment, and loyalty. I will never forget the valuable lessons you’ve taught me through bosses that wanted to run me up the flag pole or fire me on the spot, but you always intervened and managed to keep me on the job long enough. When the time came to exit each situation, you always provided another avenue of blessing. May I learn to keep my eyes on you and to not turn either to the left or right but stay focused on you. Thanks. In Jesus’ name, Amen.