One day Jonathan son of Saul said to the young man who carried his armour:
Come, let us go over to the Philistine garrison on the other side.
- 1 Samuel 13:23 – 14:23 .
If I had to choose one relatively unknown person from the Bible to have dinner with, it would have to be the young man who was Jonathan's armour bearer.
There can be no denying that Jonathan was a valiant warrior. An honourable man. And a loyal friend.
As for this young man – well the questions just mount up! I imagine the conversation might go something like this:
Me: 'So what exactly possessed you to say what you did?'
Young man: 'I'm not really sure, you know how some people are just so inspiring, that you can't help but want to follow them.'
Me: 'Umm. But it was the two of you plainly walking into the camp of your enemies.'
Young man: 'Yes. On the one hand that was exactly what was happening, but we were totally convinced that what we aimed to do was exactly what God would have done had he been there in human flesh.'
Me: 'Wow. That's a huge claim! Can you tell me something about how you were feeling?'
Young man: 'That's difficult to say. To be honest, I kind of thought that we were marching into an impossible situation but, to this day, I believe that God achieved far more than I'd hoped for.'
Of course, the above is an imagined conversation. The point is that we can sense the enormity of the challenge that was before Jonathan and his young assistant.
Sometimes the challenge that faces us in the endeavour to end the injustice of poverty can seem insurmountable. But, let us remember that unlike war which may or may not be justifiable, the fight against poverty will always be a just cause.
Write a list of three small things that you can pledge to do today that will help you to stand together with the world’s most vulnerable communities.
O God our strength,
grant that we may courageously stand up
and speak up for what is right
for the benefit of the world’s most vulnerable communities.
In the name of Jesus Christ,
Today’s contributor is Moses Tumukunde Tutesigensi, who was training to be ordained in the Presbyterian Church of Wales at time of writing. He has been a keen supporter of Christian Aid for a number of years including as an intern in the Wales team.
Published on 18 June 2020