Re:Verse reading–1 Samuel 18:1-16, 19:1-7
“Jonathan loved him as his own soul.”–18:1.
“Saul was afraid of David because the Lord was with him but had departed from Saul.”–18:12
The believer will always be a lightning rod. Walk with Christ and people will feel threatened or intimidated by the implied lesson of your life. Their reaction will not be pretty. Cain hated Abel. The brothers hated Joseph. Saul feared David and tried to kill him. Long and sad reality in this dark world.
The sweet consolation is that you will also have friends. True and loyal. Strong and supportive. As David walked with God, Jonathan became his forever ally. Their souls were “knotted together” says the scripture. A friendship stronger than the forces seeking to break them apart.
If I am to serve Christ, I must make my peace with this reality. I will have enemies and critics and opponents. I will also have friends. God will see to it.