In David’s life, we see his private pursuit of God naturally flesh out into his relationships. In chapter 21, we see Jonathan as the real subject of the story. Going back to chapter 18, and even up until chapter 23, we see how David’s relationship with Jonathan was a vital part of David’s journey to become king. What makes this friendship so powerful is that it was characterized by God’s Word, God’s will, God’s love, and God’s support.
Questions for Meditation
- In 1 Samuel 18:1-4, the first time we are introduced to Jonathan, he gives David his robe, tunic, sword, bow, and belt. What is the significance of Jonathan giving these to David?
- What was the difference between the way Saul reacted to David’s victory over Goliath, and the way Jonathan reacted?
- When was a time that someone has celebrated your gifting and victories, and how did that help you? How can you do the same for someone else?
- At every difficult turn in these chapters, Jonathan was the one that David could rely on to stand by him and with him. What do you think would have happened to David if Jonathan had not stood by his side?
- In 1 Samuel 20:13 Jonathan tells David, “May the Lord be with you as he used to be with my father,” showing that Jonathan knew David was destined to be king. Why was it so important for David to have someone who supported him in the calling God had for his life?
- Who is someone that has supported you in your calling, and how can you show them your gratitude for their encouragement?
- Who in your life does God want you to be a Jonathan to? Who can you love and support as they pursue God’s calling for their life?