Sometimes you think you know somebody, and you find out you really didn’t know them well at all. It even happens within families, not to mention churches. Jonathan, the warrior son of King Saul, had to come to grips with the fact that his father was going down the path to the dark side and becoming Darth Saul. Jonathan had to hear some hard truth from his best friend, David. David confronted Jonathan with the reality that Saul was trying to kill him.
Relationships must be based upon truth. A true friend is willing to tell you your faults; will listen to the truth; and, is not concerned with trying to manipulate or take advantage of the relationship. Jonathan, much to his credit, was willing to find out the truth about his Dad. Once he determined the terrible realization of his father’s true intentions, Jonathan was willing to adjust his life to fit new information.
There is some high level relational work going on in this Old Testament lesson for today. It is truly tragic when people are willing to settle for superficial relationships. Building relational intimacy takes time and effort, the kind of work that both Jonathan and David were willing to put into their friendship. They found themselves in turbulent times, but the friends found their ultimate security in the Lord and continually reminded each other of God’s ability to sustain them. Their relationship is a model for us all to emulate.
Sovereign God, you are supreme over all your creation. May the glue of truth hold all of my relationships together. May they be centered fully and completely around the Lord Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.