Saul’s Growing Fear of David
18 After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. 2 From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return home to his family. 3 And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. 4 Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.
When David and Jonathan met, they became friends. They had an instant connection, and their friendship is the closest recorded in the Bible. Do you have a friend? Have you met a friend where you had an instant connection? It is a mystery as to why we connect so closely to another person, but friends are a gift from God. David and Jonathan’s friendship had many godly qualities that we can benefit from. First, their friendship was based on commitment to God, as well as, each other. Next, they did not let anything come between them to divide. They did not let career or family problems ruin their friendship. Then, when their friendship was tested, they only became more committed to God and their friendship. Finally, they remained friends to the end. Even though Jonathan was the prince of Israel, he knew that David would be king, and this did not weaken his devotion to his friend. Jonathan knew God had anointed David king, and he would rather lose the throne than his friend. We have friends in our lives. Some are with us for a life time, and some are here and gone. No matter the time frame, friends are treasures and gifts from God. They or we are placed in a life for a reason and a season. Treasure friendship.