I’ve been reflecting on 1 Samuel 23:16 this week. “And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God.” This was a remarkable thing for Jonathan to do given David was hiding from Jonathan’s father and that David’s survival meant that Jonathan would not inherit the throne. Yet Jonathan seeks David out to “help him find strength in God.”
We should follow his example in seeking people out. I believe lots of people are hiding like David was, only the place they are hiding is called “busyness” and it makes them hard to get to. So, like Jonathan, we need to take initiative. We need to meet people where they are and not just hope they will come to us.
We also need to help them find their strength in God. Jonathan helped David do this through his presence and initiative. He also did it, if you look at later verses, by reminding David of God’s promises.
We can do all of these things, too. We can give the gifts of time and presence in which we share the Bible and offer prayer. And through it all, we can help people find their strength in God.
Let’s be like Jonathan by going to people and helping them find strength in God.