1 Samuel 23:15-17

David saw that Saul had come out to seek his life. David was in the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh. And Jonathan, Saul's son, rose and went to David at Horesh, and strengthened his hand in God. And he said to him, "Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you. Saul my father also knows this."

Jonathan and David were soul friends, see 1 Sam. 18:1; both seeking to live in the fear of the LORD. It is so significant to me that Jonathan sensed that his anamcara needed encouragement and went to him. There was no internet, no cell phones in those days but the Spirit of the LORD, God the Almighty moved.

Jonathan put some effort into answering this call, not just a trip to a local convenience store to meet a friend for a cup of coffee. He went out into the wilderness of Ziph to find David.

Am I alert to these sensings from the Spirit? And do I respond? Do I put the necessary effort into encouraging a brother who is in covenant with me?

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 122

Mid-day: 119:89-96

Evening: Psalm 47

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John Nunnikhoven

John Nunnikhoven is a member of The Fellowship of Ailbe and has begun working toward what, Lord willing, will become a re-awakening of the Church as a body directed into living the Kingdom in the here and now as it awaits the yet to come.

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