1 Samuel 20:1-21:15
1 Samuel 20:4,42, "Jonathan said to David, ‘Whatever you want me to do, I'll do for you...Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the Lord.'"
King Saul couldn't handle the attention David received after killing the giant Philistine, Goliath. Women were literally singing his praises, saying, "Saul has killed thousands, and David his tens of thousands." This sent Saul on full tilt - he wanted David out of the picture, he wanted him dead. But within this turmoil, we find a true, die-hard friendship between Saul's son, Jonathan, and David. Jonathan was a devoted friend, despite his father's wishes. He protected David and forewarned him of imminent danger.
It's tough to find friends that go the extra mile for you. But when you get one of these rare gems in your inner circle, it's one of the best gifts you could ever receive. You know you can count on them for anything. They motivate you to grow, genuinely care for you, and have your best interest at heart.
On the flip side, we need to be that loyal, trusted friend for others. When we sacrifice for others, it touches them to the core. By allowing the Holy Spirit to work in and through us, our relationships rise to a supernatural level. Such bonds are made even more incredible when we share a love and commitment to Christ.
Who is your Jonathan? Who protects you and stands by your side no matter what? Do you reciprocate with the same level of loyalty and encouragement? Cherish that friendship always. It is a gift from God, so give thanks!
Lord, Thank You for the gift of friendship and community. Help me to be the ultimate friend to others. May Your Spirit speak through me and into their hearts as we travel together. Amen.