King Saul was jealous of the popularity David was receiving since he slew Goliath. The more King Saul heard the people sing David’s praises, the more he wanted him dead. Twice he had attempted to strike him dead with a javelin. Then he attempted to have him killed by the Philistines . When that failed, he told his son, Jonathan, and his servants to kill David when they had a chance.
But Jonathan cared for David and told him to hide in a secret place while he talked to his father. After he promised to not kill David, Jonathan told him it was safe. Later, after another battle with the Philistines, King Saul attempted to kill him several more times causing David to flee. After King Saul sent men after him, David returned to Jonathan and asked what he had done to cause King Saul to try to kill him. Then David and Jonathan devised a test to see if it was safe or not. King Saul told Jonathan to fetch David for he must surely die. Instead, through the plan they had devised earlier, Jonathan told David to flee because his father was determined to kill him.
Jonathan was a true friend. He showed it by sticking with David through this incredibly dangerous time. Jonathan had made a covenant with David and was willing to stick to it, even if he suffered for it. We need to be willing to do that. A friend sticks by no matter what you’re going through. A friend will help someone in need without thought of themselves. When someone is going through a hard time, determine to be there when they need you most. Also, learn to recognize your friends today, and thank them for being there for you. Determine to be a true friend today.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.