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The Hand Strengthened in God

“And Jonathan Saul's son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.” (1 Samuel 23:16)


Jonathan, the prince, the heir apparent to the throne, sought out David, the shepherd boy turned fugitive. He sought him not to seize him or to betray him, but to strengthen his hand in God. What a profound act of friendship! What a divine moment of fellowship!


Jonathan could have chosen the path of power, the path of the throne, but he chose the path of righteousness. He chose to strengthen the hand of the one anointed by God, even though it meant denying himself. This is the mark of true spiritual kinship - to strengthen each other's hand in God.


In our journey of faith, we all could use a Jonathan. We need someone who will find us in our wilderness, in our moments of doubt and despair, and strengthen our hand in God. We need someone who will remind us of God's promises, His faithfulness, and His never-ending love for us.


But let us not forget, we also need to be a Jonathan to others. We need to seek out those who are in their wilderness and strengthen their hand in God. We need to be the bearers of hope, the carriers of faith, and the messengers of God's love.


Let us, therefore, arise and go into the wood. Let us find our David. Let us strengthen their hand in God. For in doing so, we not only strengthen them, but we also strengthen ourselves. We not only give, but we also receive. We not only bless, but we also get blessed.


In the end, it is not about the throne, the power, or the position. It is about being faithful to God and to each other. It is about strengthening each other's hand in God. For when our hand is strengthened in God, we can face any wilderness, overcome any obstacle, and achieve any God-given purpose.


May we all find our Jonathan. May we all be a Jonathan to someone. And may our hands be always strengthened in God. Amen.