25 “How the mighty have fallen in battle!
Jonathan lies slain on your heights.
26 I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother;
you were very dear to me.
Your love for me was wonderful,
more wonderful than that of women.
David loved Jonathan and spoke of Jonathan’s love for him. They were unlikely brothers. One the son of the current king. The other the one anointed to be the next king. There was great potential for suspicion, posturing, distrust and hatred – and yet these two shared a deep love for one another. David described it as ‘wonderful, more wonderful than that of women.’ The love of a woman is compelling and rich, an amazing gift from God when experienced as He intended. And even when it’s not… there’s a powerful dynamic, and intoxication in sexual expression, even when it is sin. David know this, of course. In his reflecting on Jonathan’s friendship, David said it was more wonderful than all of that. His love for Jonathan and Jonathan’s love for him was more intense, more compelling, more meaningful.
Having a brother is a great gift. Having another guy who will go into the battle with you… guarding your back,, it is a powerful connection. Having a ‘band of brothers’ is even better. These relationships require investment. They do not just happen. Isolation is what ‘just happens.’ Evil forces will seek to divide and conquer a band of brothers. In Christ, however, they can be rock solid.
Lord, thank you that you are a brother to me. Your love is amazing and wonderful. Thank you for providing other brothers that I can walk with, sharing this journey that you have given us. Strengthen our bond and use us to extend your rule here on earth.