“And Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David at Horesh, and encouraged him in God.”
(1 Samuel 23:16)
Many great lessons come from the story of David, and one of my favorites comes from the friendship he had with Jonathan. David and Jonathan were not just friends; in fact, the Bible says their souls were knit together and that Jonathan loved David as himself (1 Samuel 18:1,3). They had this unusual bond even though Jonathan was the son of Saul - the man who was trying to kill David. Thankfully, Jonathan saw past his father’s evil desires and realized the Lord was with David. When David was on the run from Saul, he was hiding in the wilderness, scared and alone. God sent Jonathan to him to be a minister of encouragement. What a blessing it was for David to have God provide encouragement through his best friend in his greatest time of need!
Has God ever sent someone to encourage you when you needed it most? One time God led me to a total stranger who turned out to be a huge minister of encouragement in my life. It was a season when I was feeling anxious and consumed by negative thoughts. We had just joined a gym, and I asked God to lead me in my workouts so that I might feel better about myself. He led me to a cycling class, which I didn’t feel in shape for, but since I had asked God to lead me, off I went.
Once we started, I could tell this was no ordinary class. The entire hour that we rode on the bike, praise music was blasting at high volume while the instructor encouraged us to give our anxious and negative thoughts to God. Over and over she praised God and asked us to do the same. When the class was over, I went to the instructor and thanked her. I told her this class was exactly what I needed and that God had led me to her. She took my hands, closed her eyes, and prayed with me right there.
Over the next month before we left for spring training, she encouraged me, she inspired me, and she prayed with me. She even motivated me to start writing these devotionals! It truly was an awesome thing to experience God’s love and support through this minister of encouragement.
I hope and pray that I can fill that need for someone in the future.
Prayer: Dear God, just as you provided someone to help me in my time of need, please equip me to minister to another.
Suggested Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:11