Young People of Scripture
Prince Jonathan was the son of King Saul and was a valiant warrior and a man of faith. He won some great victories for Israel, sometimes single-handedly, but in reliance on the Lord, as seen in the first few verses of 1 Samuel 13.
It seems that Jonathan was David’s best friend and even sheltered David from the malice and hatred of Saul. He proved his love and loyalty in that, though he was heir to the throne, he agreed that David should be king, and he would be next to him (1 Samuel 19:1-7; 1 Samuel 20:1-42; 1 Samuel 23:16-18).
Nevertheless, Jonathan was not willing to suffer reproach with David and remained with his father, rather than with the one who was anointed by God to be His king, and with his father he perished. David wept for his friend, and said, “Very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful” (2 Samuel 1:26). Jonathan never got to sit next to David when he became king. Are we willing to suffer reproach for Christ now during the time of His rejection, knowing that we will share in His glorious reign in a future day? Remember, “If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him” (2 Timothy 2:12). “If so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together” (Romans 8:17).