With a friend like Jonathan, your passage to the throne is secured but with a friend like Jonadab, you ticket to destruction is guaranteed!
“But Amnon had a friend whose name was Jonadab the son of Shimeah, David’s brother. Now Jonadab was a very crafty man”
2 Samuel 13:3.
There are many definitions for the word “friend”. It means associate, companion, fellow or neighbour. This is a person you give your attention to in a special way.
This is a person you share your heart with. This is someone you receive counsel from and the point here is that some of us are where we are today as a result of either Jonathan or Jonadab!
With a friend like Jonathan, your future is secured and you are protected from the enemy. You have someone who will even risk their own life, destiny and even position for you because he or she recognised that you are the set person from God.
We all need a friend.
The word of God teaches us that “a man who has friends must himself be friendly” Proverb 18:24b.
There is something about friendship. It is vital in your progress in life. A tree never makes a forest. In our making in life, the good Lord always use our friends to sharpen us. “Iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend” Proverb 27:17.
I will like to inform you that all your friends will never be nice! They will never be sweet and even be a person of understanding BUT the responsibility is on you to find out who they are and why they are your friend in every season and time of your life.
Remember,” wealth makes many friends but the poor is separated from his from his friends” Proverb 19:4. Your circle of friendship may I say also is a reflection of your person. So with a friend like Jonathan, who is committed and loyal, you are sure of their friendship all year round. Such person is ready to stand for you. Not that you are an angel who had no sin but even when you fall, through loyalty, they walk you through your season of restoration.
May we be blessed with such friends in Jesus name.
Friends like Jonathan are divinely connected. They cannot be picked among crowd because they are always there for you.
You need to be careful of chosen a friend because he/she is always there for you. Wicked friends who takes husband and possess them are always there for us and we trusted them because of their readiness to help us (babysit, run errand and be goody goody) BUT they are doing so with wrong motive! I pray that the gift of discernment not be far from you.
The soul of Jonathan was knitted to David. “Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David and Jonathan loved him as his own soul” 1 Samuel 18:1.
With a friend like Jonadab, a crafty man, may the Lord deliever us.
Amnon planned to commit incest with his sister and who encouraged him to do so? Jonadab!
Look at where you are today and ask yourself a question. Who among your friend gave you the advice heeded to before you fell into sin? Who told you it was alright to date a man secretly and your brethren in church did not have to know after all “it is your life”? It is your life alright until the man dump you for another and the counselling goes on for years because you secretly bought a house together and he left you in financial ruin, a child you never wanted because he reminded you of him! Etc…
Be careful of Jonadab.
Live pure and with a heart that yearns for Jesus Christ and He will give you a friend that will help you succeed in your walk with God and in your life endeavour.
We all need Jonathans not Jonadab in our circle of influence.
“Do not trust in a friend; do not put your confidence in a companion; guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your bossom” Micah 7:5. This is like Jonadab.
There are some words you are not to share with Jonadab. (Jonadab also represent close relation)
A friend with a crafty character is dangerous to communicate your heart to in the time you need advice concerning a matter that will have eternal consequence.
Finally, remember that there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
May you be connected to such!