Do you have a BFF? A BAE? David had a friend that was closer than a brother. That’s what this week is all about:
- The passage: 1 Samuel 18:1-12; 19:1-20; 20:1-42
- key verse: Psalm 47:7-8.
- Theme: God used Jonathan to save David’s life.
- The big picture question: “Who Is Our King?”
- The big picture answer: “Jesus is our King forever, and He rules over the world.”
Friendship is such an important part of a child’s life. Some kids have a hard time making friends, some kids seem to have a million friends. But all of us need a friend that we can count on no matter what. It’s amazing to me how so many childhood friendships turn into those lasting forever-friendships.
David and Jonathan had a friendship that was like no other. They trusted each other with everything, and even when Jonathan knew that he was going to be replaced by David as king, he put their friendship above his position. When Jonathan gave David is robe, tunic, sword, bow and belt, he was symbolically giving him the kingship. That’s a friendship that runs deep!
This friendship should be a model for us and our children regarding friendship. Jonathan and David were dedicated to each other while they were devoted to God. Their friendship drew them closer to following God, so much so that Jonathan was willing to give up the prestige and power of the kingdom for his friend.
We have just such a friend. Jesus, who was God himself, gave up his position to become “obedient to death, even death on a cross,” (Phil. 2:8) for us. Jesus said there is no love greater than giving up one’s life for his friends, and then he did that very thing.
This great king of ours is also our closest friend. The old hymn “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” reminds us that, because he is our friend, we can bring anything to him. “What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.” As Jonathan and David had a close friendship, so we can have a close friendship with Jesus.
Our other friendships should help us be closer to our best friend Jesus too. Does your child have a friend or two that shares the same faith, that draws them closer to Jesus? Make sure to encourage those relationships for your kids.
Have a wonderful week!