This is our last day in the Old Testament until after Easter, when we will resume where we left off on our walk through the Bible. Thanks for sticking around so far!
16 So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, “May the Lord call David’s enemies to account.” 17 And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself.
Jonathan was the son of King Saul, and a good friend to David. Jonathan was an unusual man in that he was not threatened by David’s success as a soldier; instead he supported David and loved him as a friend. Saul was jealous of David and wanted to kill David. Jonathan protected David by keeping close contact with Saul to know what Saul was planning.
Jonathan was a good man who was mature in character. He admired David’s military and leadership skills but felt no need to be jealous because his skills were different from David’s. Jonathan was a compassionate man, and one who cultivated deep relationships.
Jonathan is a good example for us to follow. God has created us with unique qualities and strengths. No person is better or worse, just different from one another. What a joy that Jonathan could appreciate what he saw in David, support him as a friend, and separate himself from his father’s wrong. May we also choose to be a good friend to another, and especially in one’s time of need.
Thank you, Lord, for friends who teach us about you, who care for us in a crisis, and become like family in their love. Help us commit to being friends with others the way Jonathan cared for David. We lift up our friends to you, and thank you. Amen.