Episode ThemeCommunity-Building: Treasuring our friends.
Have you ever been involved in a fight between two friends? A fight so big it resembles the Hatfields vs. the McCoys… or the Civil War….or King Saul vs. future King David?
The feud between King Saul vs. David is an interesting one. At first Saul genuinely liked David! Saul had trouble obeying God, and when he neglected God’s one command to him as king (obedience), God’s spirit left Saul. Without God, Saul was miserable—physically and emotionally. He became jealous of David. Why? David was younger, stronger, popular, and most important—he obeyed God. Eventually, Saul came to hate David so much, he decided to kill David.
In the middle of Saul’s effort to kill David stood Jonathan. Jonathan was not only King Saul’s son, but he was also David’s best friend. Whose side would Jonathan be on? Actually, Jonathan can teach us some things about feuding friends. He never betrayed his father—he was a soldier and obeyed his father as soldier and as son. He tried to talk to his father about David and to convince his father to abandon his plot to murder David. Jonathan never betrayed David either—he warned David that Saul was serious about killing David. He promised David his friendship forever, no matter what happened between Saul and David.
David and Saul were locked in a battle with each other because of one fact: David obeyed God and Saul didn’t. And because Saul didn’t, he knew that David had a better relationship with God and he hated David. There was nothing David or Jonathan could ever do to change Saul. They chose wisely to obey God. They watched their own actions and words to each other and to Saul. They didn’t let Saul’s behavior destroy their friendship or their trust in God.
It’s the same for us. If you ever find yourself in the middle of a friendship feud, you may not be able to fix it on your own. But you can talk to God, ask for his help, and watch your words and actions so that they honor God!