Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 15.30-37

2 Samuel 15.30-37
And David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went, and his head was covered and he walked barefoot. Then all the people who were with him each covered his head and went up weeping as they went. 31 Now someone told David, saying, “Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.” And David said, “O Lord, I pray, make the counsel of Ahithophel foolishness.” 32 It happened as David was coming to the summit, where God was worshiped, that behold, Hushai the Archite met him with his coat torn and dust on his head. 33 David said to him, “If you pass over with me, then you will be a burden to me. 34 But if you return to the city, and say to Absalom, ‘I will be your servant, O king; as I have been your father’s servant in time past, so I will now be your servant,’ then you can thwart the counsel of Ahithophel for me. 35 Are not Zadok and Abiathar the priests with you there? So it shall be that whatever you hear from the king’s house, you shall report to Zadok and Abiathar the priests. 36 Behold their two sons are with them there, Ahimaaz, Zadok’s son and Jonathan, Abiathar’s son; and by them you shall send me everything that you hear.” 37 So Hushai, David’s friend, came into the city, and Absalom came into Jerusalem.

It’s good to have friends, especially when things are tough.  David won the friendship of many in Israel through his expression of love toward them.  As a result, these people loved David.  The king’s servants modeled true service by offering to do whatever David needed them to do.  Here we see Hushai willing to put his own safety in jeopardy to defend David in the presence of his enemies.   David had friends that proved to be as one has said to be ‘sheltering trees’ for their friend in his hour of need.

We need community.  Too often we are prone to isolation.  I notice more and more that when Christians are struggling, attacks are coming and there is temptation to bail on their marriage or on following Christ they remain quiet and don’t seek help.  The community of Christ is a community of help.  We must be willing to seek help and tell others when things are not going well and especially when things are grumbling around us. 

We also must be willing to be friends that will listen and take time to help those hurting.  David’s friends were willing to help.  This took time and risk.  We must be willing to help in this same way.  Let us be a good friend and let us seek out solid Christians when we need the help of a friend.     

Weekly Memory Verse: For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection.  Romans 6:5