Friends and Faith

“Jonathan went to find David and encouraged him to stay strong in his faith in God.” 1 Samuel 23:16

Life’s pretty challenging.  I’ve learned that there will be good days and rough days, as I’m sure you have.  We all hope that the good days will be more numerous than the bad ones, but sometimes it seems like all we’re having is bad days.  At this point it’s helpful to have a friend who can encourage you to stay strong.

Jonathan and David are two of the most famous of the Biblical duos.  They were united and separated by family and power, yet their friendship remained strong.  They remained friends through thick and thin, until Jonathan’s untimely death separated them.

What I love about this verse is that Jonathan knew David was feeling discouraged and experiencing a bit of a crisis of faith, and sought him out.  Jonathan didn’t wait for David to show up crying on his doorstep, or let him struggle alone, he went out and encouraged him.

This month we’ve been talking about why having faith is important and the impact it has on our lives.  Jonathan and David’s story reminds us that it’s not just about our individual faith journeys, but that we’re on a faith journey together, even if we’re of different faiths, backgrounds, families or livelihoods.

Who are your faith friends?

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