|Better To Have A Friend When The Enemy Attacks
Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
|1 Samuel 20:18-42 KJV
(18) Then Jonathan said to David, To morrow is the new moon: and thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty.
(19) And when thou hast stayed three days, then thou shalt go down quickly, and come to the place where thou didst hide thyself when the business was in hand, and shalt remain by the stone Ezel.
(20) And I will shoot three arrows on the side thereof, as though I shot at a mark.
(21) And, behold, I will send a lad, saying, Go, find out the arrows. If I expressly say unto the lad, Behold, the arrows are on this side of thee, take them; then come thou: for there is peace to thee, and no hurt; as the LORD liveth.
(22) But if I say thus unto the young man, Behold, the arrows are beyond thee; go thy way: for the LORD hath sent thee away.
(23) And as touching the matter which thou and I have spoken of, behold, the LORD be between thee and me for ever.
(24) So David hid himself in the field: and when the new moon was come, the king sat him down to eat meat.
(25) And the king sat upon his seat, as at other times, even upon a seat by the wall: and Jonathan arose, and Abner sat by Saul's side, and David's place was empty.
(26) Nevertheless Saul spake not any thing that day: for he thought, Something hath befallen him, he is not clean; surely he is not clean.
(27) And it came to pass on the morrow, which was the second day of the month, that David's place was empty: and Saul said unto Jonathan his son, Wherefore cometh not the son of Jesse to meat, neither yesterday, nor to day?
(28) And Jonathan answered Saul, David earnestly asked leave of me to go to Bethlehem:
(29) And he said, Let me go, I pray thee; for our family hath a sacrifice in the city; and my brother, he hath commanded me to be there: and now, if I have found favour in thine eyes, let me get away, I pray thee, and see my brethren. Therefore he cometh not unto the king's table.
(30) Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said unto him, Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman, do not I know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own confusion, and unto the confusion of thy mother's nakedness?
(31) For as long as the son of Jesse liveth upon the ground, thou shalt not be established, nor thy kingdom. Wherefore now send and fetch him unto me, for he shall surely die.
(32) And Jonathan answered Saul his father, and said unto him, Wherefore shall he be slain? what hath he done?
(33) And Saul cast a javelin at him to smite him: whereby Jonathan knew that it was determined of his father to slay David.
(34) So Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and did eat no meat the second day of the month: for he was grieved for David, because his father had done him shame.
(35) And it came to pass in the morning, that Jonathan went out into the field at the time appointed with David, and a little lad with him.
(36) And he said unto his lad, Run, find out now the arrows which I shoot. And as the lad ran, he shot an arrow beyond him.
(37) And when the lad was come to the place of the arrow which Jonathan had shot, Jonathan cried after the lad, and said, Is not the arrow beyond thee?
(38) And Jonathan cried after the lad, Make speed, haste, stay not. And Jonathan's lad gathered up the arrows, and came to his master.
(39) But the lad knew not any thing: only Jonathan and David knew the matter.
(40) And Jonathan gave his artillery unto his lad, and said unto him, Go, carry them to the city.
(41) And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded.
(42) And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for ever. And he arose and departed: and Jonathan went into the city.
How many times when the one gets in the way of a boss, not meaning to, that one is happy for the protection of friends in the workplace. When one is innocent friends are necessary at times to help from evil. David was a strong man, need no help from anyone in general, but the king was a possessed since the time of victory over Goliath. David on the kingís side unless the king was angry with him. In fact David had the kingís family on his side, especially his best friend Jonathan. Saulís natural desire to have his son has predecessor of his throne was part of the issue, but not the whole issue. Jonathan had respect and admiration for David, as well as desire to be king, Jonathan had no quarrel with David on the subject.
Jonathan prepared a warning system, because of the King treat on Davidís life. He told David if I say this or that, it either mean danger or safety. Jonathan shot his arrow past David and told the boy to run beyond the rocks where David hid. Sometimes we can not see how far the enemy hand stretch and we need someone shooting those arrows toward the safety line, because we ourselves can only see what should have been a place of safety and is not. David should have been protected by his government but he was enemy of the king at different times of his life. Not because of his choice, but the governments choice. His allies within the government. A friend willing to push his friend David further away to protect him instead of pulling him into his embrace of fellowship.
Our friends are ones that will push us away to protect and gather us to themselves because of safety. Jonathan friendship was fruit of brotherly love. There friendship beyond the call of duty to protect, but willing to and even if paying the price for it. God needs no friends to have victory, but God desires friends for victory. When Christ returns, his people will be gather, and enemy will be defeat for the last time.
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the victory through Christ Jesus. Keep your hand upon your children has a devil continues to wage war on your people. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion: Ephesians 6:13-17 KJV
(13) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
(14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
(15) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
(16) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
(17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: