I thought, over the next few days, I would share some meditations by Amy Carmichael. Today’s focusses on those times when we can feel “hunted” and alone–or when a friend feels hunted and alone and how we can strengthen their hands.
1 Sam 23.16 And Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.
God make us all His Jonathans. There is a great hunter abroad in the world. Like Saul who sought David every day, he seeks souls every day, never a day’s respite, always the hunt is on. Although the words stand forever, “but God did not give him into his hands” [v. 14], yet sometimes souls tire of being hunted, and like David they are in a wilderness in a wood. Then is Jonathan’s chance. But notice what he does, he does not so comfort David that he becomes necessary to him. “He strengthened his hand in God.” He leaves his friend strong in God, resting in God, safe in God. he detaches his dear David from himself and he attaches him to his “Very Present Help” [see Psalm 46.1]. Then Jonathan went to his house, and David abode in the wood–with God.
May God help us each to be Jonathans for each of the people in our lives.