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The King's Friend

The King's Friend

15 May 2009

Scripture:

32 Jonathan, David’s uncle, was a wise counselor to the king, a man of great insight, and a scribe. Jehiel the Hacmonite was responsible to teach the king’s sons. 33 Ahithophel was the royal adviser. Hushai the Arkite was the king’s friend. (1 Chronicles 27:32-33 NLT)

1 Chronicles 25-27 is mostly lists – lists of soldiers, priests, gatekeepers, administrators of the king’s wealth and property, scribes, and royal advisers.

David needed all these officials and generals and administrators and highly specialized people to run a successful kingdom. He recruited from his own tribe and from the best of the best across the nation of Israel to put together his “dream team” of leaders.

But Hushai the Arkite was David’s friend! David needed someone with whom he could just relax and unwind and be open and honest. Friendship was so important to David and so noteworthy to God that it is even written in the Bible that among the thousands who worked in the palace and local and national government and the army and the priesthood and other important roles, one man was simply David’s friend.

I must have a good relationship with those God has joined me to and joined to me in service. I need to have a shepherd’s heart toward those in my sphere of influence. But I also need to have a friend – to have friends. And I need to be a friend as well.

Prayer:

Father, Thank you for my friends. Thank you for friends nearby that I see almost daily. Thank you for friends far away who remain part of the rich tapestry of my life. Thank you for my wife who is my best friend. Thank you for my daughters and their husbands who are my friends. May it be noted in your Book of Lives that Jim Stephens was someone’s friend. Amen!

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