Neighbors need to get to know each other, build each other up, and build memories together. This photo was taken before a July 4th parade in my neighborhood back in 2009. The kids on their bikes now have their own cars. Some have gone off to college. Some neighbors and their families have moved to different communities but we stay in touch through social media and continue to share lifetime events and memories.
Reading in 1 Samuel 18, Saul’s oldest son named Jonathan who was next in line as heir to the throne became David’s closest friend. They were so close that Jonathan was willing to let David have the robe he was wearing along with his tunic, sword, bow, and belt (v. 4). They remained close friends throughout life.
We all need close friends and we should constantly pray for God’s guidance in our friendships. Through the Holy Spirit, we can have strong relationships that are blessings for a lifetime.
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Being a friend was a difficult challenge for Saul. After David killed Goliath, jealousy developed between Saul and David because Saul did not react very well to David’s success. He could see that the people regarded David as the greater leader and he became filled with anger.
Not only was Saul filled with jealousy and anger but he also feared David because the Lord was with David but departed from him (v. 12). Therefore, Saul sent David away to lead the troops in war hoping David would be killed but in everything he did, David had great success because the Lord was with him.
The people thought highly of David as he continued to lead them to success. They gave him praise and admiration but David remained humble. God was with David and this brought about a personality with a formidable combination of wisdom and a heart that had concern for others.
This day with You Lord, we have gained more knowledge in the importance of close friends that help change our character into who You want us to be. By living in Your power, we can be a good spouse, a good parent, a good friend, and a good neighbor. We reflect today on what you have given us in our friendships and are thankful. Amen.