Friends 'in the woods'
'Jonathan...went to David in the woods.' 1 Samuel 23:16 NKJV
The first African American to play major league baseball in the USA was Jackie Robinson. While trying to break through baseball's colour barrier, he faced insults and abuse in just about every stadium. He told journalist Ed Reid this story: during one game, fellow team mate Pee Wee Reese was being verbally abused for playing with Robinson. He says, 'Pee Wee kind of sensed the hopeless, dead feeling in me and came over and stood beside me for a while. He didn't say a word but he looked over at the chaps who were yelling at me through him and just stared. He was standing by me... Slowly the jibes died down like... and then there was nothing but quiet from them. It was wonderful the way this little guy did it. I will never forget it.'
Jesus knew Peter would 'strike out' and deny him, yet he extended grace to Peter even before it happened. Here's what he told him: 'When you have come back to me, help the others' (Luke 22:32 CEV). When God restores you, you'll want to reach out to others with his love. It will be as natural to you as breathing. You'll live by the Scripture: 'Strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees. Say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong...for your God...is coming to save you"' (Isaiah 35:3-4 NLT).
In Scripture, 'Jonathan...went to David in the woods and strengthened his hand in God' (1 Samuel 23:16 NKJV). When you feel lost 'in the woods' you need a Jonathan. That's when you prove the truth of the old adage: 'In prosperity our friends know us, but in adversity we know our friends.' They're the people we turn to in times of trouble. So if you think you'll ever need such a friend, be one!
Soulfood: 2 Sam 7:18-29 2 Sam 8 2 Sam 9 2 Sam 10 2 Sam 11:1-27 John 2:1-11 Ps 110 Pro 23:6-9,