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Finding Strength in Our Friends

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Finding Strength in Our Friends

Then Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David in the woods and strengthened his hand in God. And he said to him, “Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you. Even my father Saul knows that (1 Samuel 23:16-17 NKJV

If we are in isolation, (chosen by ourselves), we are far more vulnerable to the strikes of the enemy! David’s best friend in his formative years was Jonathan, the son of King Saul, who hated David and desired to kill him. Even though Jonathon was the natural heir to the throne, Jonathon knew David had been called by God to be king. David and Jonathan shared a bond. They fought battles together. They laughed together and cried together.

On one occasion, David was hiding in the woods from Jonathan’s dad. “Then Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David in the woods and strengthened his hand in God. And he said to him, “Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you. Even my father Saul knows that.”[1]

The Bible doesn’t tell us what Jonathan did, but I believe he spoke truth, life and faith over David. Imagine what Jonathon’s prophetic words, “My father shall not find you,” meant to David. I believe he encouraged David to pursue his destiny. Jonathan’s words and presence brought strength into David’s soul.

We all need friends who speak life over us and impart faith into our souls.

Who encourages you? Who is speaking life into you?

 

 

For more on this topic, listen to the podcast, Finding Strength When We Think We Have None

 

[1] I Samuel 23:16-17 NKJV

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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