1 Samuel 20:16-17 16 So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, “May the LORD call David’s enemies to account.” 17 And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself.
I guess Michael W. Smith was right – friends ARE friends forever if the Lord’s the Lord of them. But what if one friend’s dad wants to murder the other friend? How is that friendship supposed to work? Huh, Mr. Smith? It’s not like they can just hang out every day. And Skype is out because, well, this was the Old Testament. Now what?
Let’s hand it to Jonathan. He is really quite a remarkable guy to continue this friendship and loyalty. His dad was trying to kill David and here in this chapter, Saul even tries to kill him. You’ve got to be pretty stark raving mad to attempt killing your own son because of his friend. You could at least ground him or take away his cell phone or something. But Saul tried to kill Jonathan. That’s some extreme friendship people.
I guess that is what real friendship is about. It is about putting your neck on the line for someone you care about. It is about trust and risk. We can certainly learn from Jonathan today. We enter into relationships with selfish motives and get out when it doesn’t work anymore for us. Even in marriages, where a vow has been made, people want out at the first sight of things not going well. We should evaluate our relationships and make some decisions in our hearts. “Am I willing to stick with it through thick and thin?” Or am I flaky when it comes to relationships? It’s an area that we could stand to grow in and learn from Jonathan what friendship is really about.