“King Solomon was king over all Israel, and these were his high officials: Azariah the son of Zadok was the priest; Elihoreph and Ahijah the sons of Shisha were secretaries; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder; Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was in command of the army; Zadok and Abiathar were priests; Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers; Zabud the son of Nathan was priest and king’s friend; Ahishar was in charge of the palace; and Adoniram the son of Abda was in charge of the forced labor..” 1 Kings 4:1-6
“He who walks with the wise grows wise. Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisors they succeed.” Proverbs 13:20;15:22
King Solomon, endowed with great wisdom from God, assembled a stellar team around him to help him lead Israel. He was orderly, prudent, and attached men to himself who had strengths that were theirs to complement those that were his. I love especially that Nathan was “priest and king’s friend.” We need godly people who can come alongside us as friends as well as counselors, those who will live out Jesus before us, call us to task, point us heavenward, pray with us, listen and guide and admonish and encourage us.
I heard someone say recently to a young man interested in his daughter, “There are two types of people, those who bring you closer to the Lord and those who drive you farther from Him. Which kind are you?” That was the test he taught his children when they were choosing companions. In life we will encounter all types of individuals, and are called to love and serve them, to be salt and light around them. But in specific endeavors, and for our daily living and growing as God’s people, it is vital we develop friendships that will support and enable us to accomplish the work God has assigned, those with whom we can also fellowship and seek and apply truth.
Lord, guide me moment by moment, and lead me to healthy relationships where we can honor You together as we grow and serve Your will. Make me a good and worthy friend to others, a helpful teammate who adds strength, insight, comforting companionship, and cheer.