Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
The one from the Old Testament, that is.
David the Shepherd. David the King.
It says in Psalm 78:70 that “God chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people of Israel. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.”
David went from watching a flock of sheep to leading an entire nation, and without question this was a huge leap, with various victories as well as intense challenges. Leadership of any capacity is full of both.
I’ve always been intrigued by the biblical character of David. More specifically, I’ve been intrigued by those that surrounded him. Other than the Lord (obviously), WHO were the people that made David to be who he was? The Book of 1st Samuel gives us the best glimpse. Over the coming weeks I want to highlight three individuals that surrounded David as Shepherd and King: Jonathan, Saul and Samuel.
Jonathan was a friend.
Saul was an enemy.
Samuel was a mentor.
Leaders should have ALL three (yes…even an enemy).
First, let’s talk about his friend Jonathan.
Ralph Waldo Emerson says, “We take care of our health. We lay up money. We make our roof tight. We make our clothing sufficient. But who provides wisely that he shall not be wanting in the best property of all, friends – friends strong and true?”
Do you have a good friend?
Really? Stop and think about it a bit longer. Is this a good friend? One that will challenge, affirm, assist, laugh, cry, pray and speak truth?
These kinds of friendships are not come by easily or quickly. They have to be cultivated over time.
If you are David, do you have a Jonathan? Look at 1 Samuel 18:1-4: “After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return to his father’s house. And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.”
Do you have a friend that would give you the shirt off his/her back (not to mention the sword, bow and belt!)? To discover more about Jonathan and David’s friendship read 1 Samuel 20.
Bottom line: everyone needs a good friend.
Do you have one?