“And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” (2 Samuel 9:1, NKJV)
Do you see in 2 Samuel 9:1 how the action or inaction of one person can have a ripple effect on the life of another person? The effect can even spread to a group of people or travel through generations.
“Ripple effect” simply means a spreading series of effects or consequences caused by a single event.All your action or inaction in life has a ripple effect for good or bad. Let’s take a journey into Bible history to get fuller grasp of the ripple effect of ones’ positive action on their children.
Jonathan, prince and son of Saul, was the heir apparent to the throne of Israel. He was destined to rule after the death of his father. Jonathan was 45 years old when David age 15 killed Goliath, that single great event signaled the beginning of Jonathan and David’s friendship. Jonathan loved David from the very minute he saw David speaking to his father after he slain the giant Goliath (1 Samuel 18:1-4).
Jonathan’s love for his friend only grew. Many times he interceded for David, warning him that his father was seeking to take his life. Jonathan urged his father not to do this (1 Samuel 19:4-5).
Jonathan did this even though he was aware that David would ascend to the throne in his place, it would have been very easy for Jonathan to give in to his human nature and kill a potential rival but he did not.
Rather he warned David and intervened on his behalf so often that he put his own life in danger, one time narrowly escaping death at the hand of his father(1 Samuel 20:29-33).
Love and Kindness
This act of love and kindness by Jonathan was not forgotten by David, The answer is found in 1 Samuel 20:11-17. There we read that David made a promise to Jonathan that one day he (David) would pay back the kindness he had received from Jonathan.
When He finally became king he did remember his promise to Jonathan. So the king decided to show kindness to the household of Saul, his worst enemy”for Jonathan’s sake.”
At the time of David’s inquiry, what David did not know is that there is only one descendant of Saul left. He is a cripple named Mephibosheth, son of Jonathan and grandson of Saul. David’s enemies led Mephibosheth to harbor hostility toward David, whom they characterized as a usurper, but when Mephibosheth finally appeared before David, he restored all the land of Saul to him and allowed him to eat bread at the King’s table continually.
Be careful of your actions because of its ripple effect . What you do today will decide a lot of what will happen tomorrow. You should mind the seeds you sow now for the sake of posterity. The seed of love and kindness you sow today has positive ripple effect on your generations later in life.