Read – 1 Samuel 23
Focus v. 16-17
Everyone needs a little encouragement every once in a while. Life without encouragement is like toast without butter…dry and crumby! “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” (Prov. 25:11) The right word at the right time can make a huge difference in the life of a person.
In today’s reading David is on the run…the chase is on – Saul is hell-bent on hunting David down to kill him. A deadly game of cat and mouse, though there are certain points at it is not certain who is the cat and who is the mouse. In the midst of this all Jonathan manages to meet with David and assure him that the Lord is with him and that Jonathan is eager to follow David as king.
And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “My father Saul will not lay a hand on you. You will be king over Israel, and I will be second to you. Even my father Saul knows this.”(v. 16-17)
The Lord seems to have a way of bringing to us just the encouragement we need at just the moment when we need it to keep us from losing heart and giving up. I can imagine this was perhaps such a time for David. We must also not overlook the character of Jonathan in this story as well. Jonathan was in line to be king after Saul. A man of lesser character would have joined Saul in the hunt to kill David. In this case, Jonathan values his friendship with David more than the kingdom. This reveals a great deal about Jonathan’s character and also of his knowledge of the will of God as well as his willingness to submit to God’s will.