“David saw that Saul had come out to seek his life. David was in the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh. And Jonathan, Saul’s son, rose and went to David at Horesh, and strengthened his hand in God. And he said to him, ‘Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you. Saul my father also knows this.’ And the two of them made a covenant before the LORD. David remained at Horesh and Jonathan went home.” 1 Samuel 23:15-18 ESV
This must be about Saul’s 17th attempt on David’s life. It is interesting that Jonathan can easily find David in the wilderness when his father couldn’t. This serves to emphasize God’s protection over David. It also demonstrates God’s provision in the wilderness to send Jonathan to David for his encouragement and to reinforce God’s anointing of David as king. Their covenant demonstrated Jonathan’s rare ability to recognize the will of God and be content, and David’s rare goodness to refuse to hurt others even if it would bring him prosperity. The fact that Jonathan could leave and David could feel safe enough to stay showed enormous trust between the two. Please know that whenever we as believers are driven into a desolate spiritual wilderness, God will meet us there and mercifully provide for us there.