Today’s Tasting: 2 Samuel 8–9; 1 Chronicles 18: Both 2 Samuel 8 and 1 Chronicles 18 tell the story of David’s conquests of the Philistines and other nations, and name the people who were part of his administration.
In 2 Samuel 9, we see David’s heart reflected as he provided for those left in the house of Saul because of his love for Jonathan. This included Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth, who was lame, and the servants who cared for him. David welcomed Mephibosheth at his table for the rest of his life.
Today’s Nourishment: In today’s reading we see how God took care of David in battle as He had promised because David had a heart to worship God. So the Scripture says “the Lord gave David victory wherever he went” (1 Chronicles 18). We also see that David’s love for Jonathan lived on, even after his best friend died. David sought out anyone who remained alive from Jonathan’s family and found Mephibosheth. David then provided for him as if he were one of his own sons.
This is a lesson for us: in today’s world, so many of our relationships are superficial. Many friendships are based on what a person thinks you can do for him or her. David’s friendship with Jonathan is an example of a real and unconditional relationship.
So, consider, what type of relationships are you building today? Are you looking for “what’s in it” for you?
I remember growing up in a time when friends were real and they just wanted to hang out with you, not wanting anything from you except some laughs and support. During these days, it is important that, as Christian women, we gather together in person or virtually and develop true friendships that are not conditional. A true friend is someone who will actually stop what they’re doing and pray with you instead of saying she’ll pray for you later. A real friend makes time to grab a cup of coffee and share a laugh with you. A friend is someone with whom you can share what God is doing in your life and how He is challenging you.
Are you that kind of friend to others? Let’s build solid relationships that have no strings attached and build each other up daily! Who wants to join me?
Share about one of your friendships with us in the comment section.
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Carolyn Marlowe says
Yes, Robin, true friendship is so needed for each of us. I have a friend with whom I share what God is doing in my life. We give each other space to have other friendships, but we have a special bond and pray for each other on a regular basis. Thank God for such a friendship.
Tammy Bradley says
This is such a good word and so true. My heart is to be that kind of friend. I don’t want to “get” I want to “give”. Thank You Father for the friends that love unconditionally and may I always give back with the love of You in my heart!