Friends can be hard to find…

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1 Chronicles 27:32 Jonathan, David’s uncle, was a counselor, being a man of understanding and a scribe; Jehiel son of Hachmoni attended the king’s sons. 33 Ahithophel was the king’s counselor, and Hushai the Archite was the king’s friend. 34 After Ahithophel came Jehoiada son of Benaiah, and Abiathar. Joab was commander of the king’s army. 

The 27th chapter of 1 Chronicles tells us about people who were assigned different jobs working for King David, a few of which I’ve included in our passage. One that caught my attention is in v.33, “Hushai the Archite was the king’s friend”. Interesting.

If you’re a senior leader at your work or in your school or in your home you know it can be an isolating existence. You have few peers and little opportunity to truly let your hair down. I find this to be particularly true as a pastor. Doesn’t really matter where I am or what I’m doing I’m always known as a pastor, with certain expectations that come along with that identity.

I can only imagine how much more isolating it would be to be king of an entire people. Friends would not be easy to find, so it appears Hushai was appointed to the post. That’s a bit of a strange notion to me, being paid to serve as the king’s friend, but if it helps keep the king healthy and well adjusted – and thus a more effective ruler – who am I to criticize?

Heavenly Father we all need friends, people with whom we can be ourselves. This morning I pray for all leaders who struggle with isolation and loneliness. As part of your provision for us, give us trusted people with whom to share the leadership journey. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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