by Impact Church
“And David stayed in strongholds in the wilderness, and remained in the mountains in the Wilderness of Ziph. Saul sought him every day, but God did not deliver him into his hand. So David saw that Saul had come out to seek his life. And David was in the Wilderness of Ziph in a forest. Then Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David in the woods and strengthened his hand in God. And he said to him, “Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you. Even my father Saul knows that.” So the two of them made a covenant before the LORD. And David stayed in the woods, and Jonathan went to his own house.” I Samuel 23:14-18 NKJV
As humans, we are fascinated with the destination. Innately, every 4 year old verbalizes the same rhetoric when headed on family vacation; “Are we there, yet?” The longer the trip the more emphasis is placed on the word “YET.” As is the case for every human inclination, we can always find reasons to justify that mindset. Even using scripture and spiritual vernacular to support it.
Let me be clear. I believe God is extremely concerned about our destiny (destination). I believe that He has planned the end from the beginning and is so intentional that our “expected end” is sure and steadfast. I believe what He has planned cannot be thwarted or deterred by opposition, no matter how persistent our adversary is.
However, I believe that due to our incessant desire many times to see completion and fulfillment, we lose sight of the joy of the opportunity that we have to walk with Him on the journey. He provides innumerable benefits as we walk. There’s joy in the journey. Adventure. Purpose. Peace. Relationship. That will not be necessary at the completion of a thing but is to be realized as we walk.
One of the greatest benefits of the journey are the people that God allows you the privilege to do it with. Life is not just about “what” we get to do or “where” we’re going. I’m learning “who” you get to do it with is of far greater value. There is nothing more satisfying, more restorative, more stabilizing than the gifts that God gives us in the form of friends.
One of the most unlikely friendships in the Bible occurred between soon-to-be King and the one who should have been next in line to be king; David and Jonathan. In the text, Jonathan’s father is chasing David to kill him because of jealousy. Jonathan should have been jealous too because David was taking the spot that rightfully belonged to him as the eldest son of Sail. However, Jonathan risked his life to come encourage his friend.
Jonathan’s love for David teaches us a few things about godly friendships:
- Friends show up! Even in the worst of times. You don’t always have to have the right thing to say. The presence of a friend can bring great comfort.
- Friends protect one another! Jonathan told David that Saul wouldn’t find him. Meaning, that Jonathan would not tell Saul where David was hiding. He would protect him.
- Friends celebrate one another! This is my favorite! A true friend would rather see you win than them. They rejoice rather than get jealous. Jonathan told David, you’ll be king and I’ll be right there with you!
- Friendships are mutual. Jonathan and David made a covenant. A one-sided friendship won’t last long. If it’s going to be an enduring friendship both parties will be equally invested.
I’m so thankful for the people God has brought into our lives!