Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 20:1-21:15 (additional reading: Psalm 113:1-114:8 and Proverbs 15:15-17)
Solitary confinement in a prison setting is reserved for those that are the worst offenders. Not only is it to ensure the safety of other people in the prison system but it has a huge psychological factor. You see, as human beings, we are made for relationship. Firstly, relationship with God and secondly with others. In fact, one of the first things we read God saying about men in the Bible is: ‘It’s not good for man to be alone’.
For most of us, it isn’t enough to just have people around us, we need friends, close friends. People we can confide in who will share our victories and our struggles. People who will listen to us and be loyal to us no matter what.
There are several examples of friendship in the Bible. Some are not good examples of Job’s friends who showed up during his time of need. But others demonstrate true friendship such as that we read in today’s reading between Jonathan and David.
I think David realizes what Jonathan has given up for him and he is grieved over it. By inheritance right, Jonathan is the next king. Yet, David didn’t ask to be anointed as the next king of Israel but God chose him and Jonathan honours that choice. It would have been really easy for Jonathan to go along with the plans of his father and to try to take the kingdom by force. But he didn’t.
In every friendship, there is a time when someone gives and someone takes. That is the only way it can work. We need to realize and recognize those moments when someone has sacrificed something for us and thank them for it. We also need to stop simply looking for what we can get out of a relationship and instead start looking at what is best for our friend. Are our friendships strong enough to put others first?
Who are some of the people you consider a friend? What makes them a friend?
How can you learn to put other people first?
Father, Thank You that You made us for a relationship with You and with others. Help us to walk faithfully alongside our friends and to encourage one another in the walk of faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen