Recently, I was moving some furniture with a friend. I was so thankful that I had someone with me to help carry it down the stairs. I could have tried to manhandle it or simply just throw it down the stairs. However, that would have most likely resulted in damaged walls, furniture, and possibly even damage to myself.
I love the account of David and Jonathan’s friendship in 1 Samuel. Jonathan’s father Saul is King of Israel and God starts to allow David (Jonathan’s friend) to rise in popularity and prestige among the people. David steps out in faith on numerous occasions and God blesses him for it. Fast forward the account and we find David running from Saul as he seeks to kill him. At one point while hiding near the area of En Gedi Jonathan goes to look for his friend David to help him out.
1 Samuel 23:16 says, “And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God.”
We don’t know exactly what Jonathan told David but we do know he reminded him of God’s promises to David. My guess is that he may have also reminded David of how God has provided for him in the past. Having someone help point you back to God is HUGE! We often can become short sighted and blind without someone close to us reminding us of who God is and what he’s promised.
You can’t do life alone. Even David, who was credited with being a man after God’s own heart needed a friend to help remind him that his strength comes from God.
Being a part of a group is one great way to surround yourself with people who will help you find strength in God. This fall we’re starting several new groups and I’d love for you to pray about joining one. You can find more information here.