A Faithful Friend, Who Can Find?
“Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.” (1 Samuel 18:7 NIV)
Saul had been anointed king of Israel by the prophet Samuel, so he should have been secure in his calling. But when young David killed the giant Goliath, David moved into the royal court; and because of his courage and his exploits on behalf of the king, he became everyone’s hero. Soon the people began chanting: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.” This sent Saul into a fit of jealousy. He drove David out of his kingdom and David became a fugitive, always staying just a few steps ahead of Saul’s posse. Isn’t that amazing? David was the most loyal subject King Saul had, yet Saul became jealous of him and began to detest him and to try to kill him. That was unfortunate, because David was probably the truest person in Saul’s life.
We can get like that in our own lives. Sometimes the person who is the most right for us and speaks truth to us gets neglected by us. Even worse, like Saul, we can end up turning against the very person who is our most loyal friend. The Bible says, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend.” Flatterers, and those who are around when everything is going well in our lives, are a dime a dozen. But a faithful friend, who can find?
Do you have someone like that in your own life? If so, consider yourself blessed. If someone doesn’t fit that bill at the moment, don’t worry. The Bible says that there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). Those who know the Lord know that, ultimately, that friend is Jesus. He is the one who has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. Let’s put our trust in him today.
Read 1 Samuel 18:6-16.