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Now Jonathan again caused David to vow, because he loved him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul. Then Jonathon said to David, “Tomorrow is the New Moon; and you will be missed, because your seat will be empty.” I Samuel 20:17-18.

            The greatness of the bonds of friendship is realized in the wonderful story of Jonathon and David. In the midst of trying political and family circumstances their bond was triumphant. Note Johnathon’s wonderful statement which will serve as our thought for living: “Tomorrow is the New Moon, and you will be missed, because your seat will be empty.” There are three very poignant points to be considered.

            “Tomorrow” represents the preciousness of time. Some may never realize a tomorrow because of the great leveler of death, Hebrews 9:27. James reminds us of the brevity of our lives: “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit.’ Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that’” James 4:13-15). We should treat time as miser’s coins for today may be all the time allotted.

            “New Moon” or the new month represents the transition of time. We move through our passage of life and seasons come and seasons go, but as time transitions the righteous are instructed to mature and grow. Note the words of the Apostle Peter: “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory now and forever. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18). Since time is so very precious, let us seek to make memories to God’s glory. Time marches on and there are so many events on our agenda, but by keeping God first in all things, Matthew 6:33, one can garner memories of which he or she would never be ashamed to disclose.

          “Your seat will be empty” is symbolic of the tender memories generated as a result of time and the passing of time among bonded friends. Do you have a “Jonathon” or a “David” and would you miss him or her should time call them away? What if your tomorrow did not come? What if your transition with time in this life separated, what would your empty seat represent to others? Yes, it is a sobering thought, but even more sobering is this one question: What if the Lord were to come right now, would your relationship to Him resemble that of Jonathon and David’s? If not, start redeeming time, start making memories to His glory, and prepare for vacating your seat. Hear the gospel, Romans 10:17; Believe the gospel, John 8:24; Repent of your sins, Acts 17:30-31; Confess Jesus before men, Romans 10:9-10; Be baptized to was away your sins, Acts 2:38.

            I thank God for the bonded friendships shared in Christ Jesus. Thank you for being my friend and happy holidays.

                                                                                              --Borrowed