Hi I’m Christin Ditchfield and this is Take It To Heart!
In 1 Samuel, God decided to take the throne away from Saul, Israel’s first king, because of his disobedience. David the Shepherd Boy would become king in his place. When Saul learned this, he pursued David relentlessly, determined to destroy the threat to his throne. David spent several years on the run, hiding out in the mountains and the deserts.
First Samuel 23:15-18 says: “While David was at Horesh in the Desert of Ziph, he learned that Saul had come out to take his life. And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ he said. ‘My father Saul will not lay a hand on you. You will be king over Israel, and I will be second to you. Even my father Saul knows this.’” The two young men made a covenant before the Lord and then Jonathan went home.
In these few verses, we see such a beautiful model of godly friendship. David was weary and discouraged, in need of comfort and reassurance. That’s when his best friend came looking for him, met him where he was, and helped him find strength in the Lord. Jonathan encouraged David with the Word of God. He reminded David of God’s promises and selflessly rejoiced with him in anticipation of their fulfillment. Together the two friends worshipped God and renewed their commitment to Him and to each other.
You know there are people all around us today – at work, at church, even in our own families – who need help finding strength in the Lord. May we be as good a friend to them as Jonathan was to David.