“Now it came about when he [David] had finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself.” (1 Samuel 18:1 NASB)
Knit together. I love Samuel’s imagery. One soul knit to another’s in friendship.
Knitting is no easy task, you know. I tried a knitting class one summer. My classmates could have been contemporaries of my grandmother and, at minimum, had experience with crochet.
Me? I could cross stitch.
The gray hairs clicked away, chatting as their length of knitting grew and grew. I counted stitches, cursing under my breath, until I finally eeked out a recognizable row of ribbing. I think I was sweating.
How much more difficult is it for two hearts to be knit together?
Let’s train in craft class with David and Jonathan. Look at their different skeins.
1. Socio-economic: Prince and pauper. Sovereign and shepherd. Top of the ladder and bottom rung.
2. Family ties: The tribe of Benjamin and the tribe of Judah. Could there be any remaining hostility over the Joseph thing? (Genesis 37:26-28)
3. Callings: Supportive follower and anointed leader.
But don’t think threads never frayed or stitches weren’t dropped. Jonathan took a lot of heat from his father for his friendship with David (1 Samuel 20:30-34). And there were times David thought Jonathan completely clueless about Saul’s intentions (1 Samuel 20:1-3).
Yet, these two made three different covenants pledging themselves to each other and to their families (1 Samuel 18:1-4; 20:13-17; 23:16-18). After Jonathan’s death, David intentionally sought out Jonathan’s son to show him kindness because of their friendship (2 Samuel 9).
So, has God tried to tie you to an unlikely piece of yarn? Have you fought the knitting needles?
You could be missing one of God’s better blessings.
Nail your workouts this week and change your corner of the gym.
Workout of the Week: Knit Together
Memory Verse: “Now it came about when he [David] had finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself.” (1 Samuel 18:1 NASB)
Meditation Passage: 1 Samuel 23:15-18
Just Do It: Don’t tangle God’s work.