A Friend in Need
Topic: AM Service Passage: 1 Samuel 20:1–20:42
A true friend is hard to find. Acquaintances abound, and companions of interest can be found in great number, but as the proverb says, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” David was on the run from Saul, who on several occasions sought his life. It would seem the height of folly then to go to Saul’s son for safety. What brought this about was that David knew not only that Jonathan loved David as his own soul (1 Samuel 18:1) but that Jonathan had made a covenant with David (18:3). A covenant is a solemn promise, sealed with an oath, and in this Jonathan and David called the Lord – the covenant-making God Himself – to witness. In this covenant, the two men pledged faithfulness, loyalty, and love. It is a picture for us of the safety we find in the Lord Jesus Christ, the covenant-keeping Lord. He is indeed the friend that sticks closer than a brother. As Jonathan was for David, so Jesus is for us “A Friend in Need” (1 Samuel 20:1-42).
I. Safety in the Covenant
A. When the World Doesn’t Make Sense
B. The Only Place to Turn
II. Faithfulness in Covenant
A. When the World Advises Selfishness
B. Seeking Another Kingdom
III. Peace from the Covenant
A. When the World is in Turmoil
B. Knowing Who is in Control
Questions for consideration: (1) How do you feel when bad things happen to you? What makes you feel safe in such situations? How do you seek God’s presence? (2) When have you been most strongly tempted to do the wrong thing for what seemed would be to your benefit? How do you fight such temptations? (3) Have you been in a situation that you were completely unprepared for? Perhaps you experienced something completely unexpected? How did you deal with the situation?