1 Samuel 20:3 (KJV) As Sure As You’re There

1 Samuel 20:3 (KJV)
And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly knoweth that I have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith, Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step between me and death.


The passage is of the most serious nature. David is certain that it is Saul’s intention to kill him. Jonathan, though deeply a friend to David, was not so convinced. He would, of course, love his father. He would, though the signs seem to point otherwise, have hoped the best of his father. David uses in this very serious and emotionally charged conversation a phrase that we might put this way, “as sure as you’re standing here, Saul plans to kill me.” But that is not where David ends his analogy. He says, “as truly as the Lord liveth and as thy soul liveth…” He equates the reality of God with the reality of Jonathan.

In truth the reality of God is greater than that reality of:

  • Jonathan or
  • David or
  • you or
  • me

God is the source of our life. We prove our life by the life of God and not the other way around. God is. And it is because God is that we are.

As sure as I am that you are, God is.


To my reader:
How is your personal relationship with God? I would love to hear from you. Send me your comments below.



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1 Samuel 20:3 (KJV) As Sure As You’re There

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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