April 7—I Samuel 20:42—Bob Keefer
“Then Jonathan said to David, ‘Go in peace, since both of us have sworn in the name of the Lord, saying, “The Lord shall be between me and you, and between my descendants and your descendants, forever.”’”
Very little can contribute more to a sense of well-being than knowing that you matter to someone. Simply being sociable isn’t enough - although going to parties can be a lot of fun - but knowing inside that there are those who care about you, will “have your back,” and who will count on you to have their back, as well.
That was the sort of relationship that David and Jonathan had. Jonathan risked his relationship with his father (King Saul) and risked his own future as heir to the throne because of his love for his friend David. So when Jonathan told David, “Go in peace,” these were not empty words: David could go in peace because he knew that Jonathan would be there for him, would “stand in the breach,” as the saying goes, for him.
You and I can not only help ourselves by forming and keeping deep, committed friendships, but we help our friends as well: we help them to go in peace.