Jonathan, David’s uncle, was a counselor, being a man of understanding and a scribe. He and Jehiel the son of Hachmoni attended the king’s sons. Ahithophel was the king’s counselor, and Hushai the Archite was the king’s friend. Ahithophel was succeeded by Jehoiada the son of Benaiah, and Abiathar. Joab was commander of the king’s army. 1 Chronicles 27:32-34.
At the end of yet another long list of important staff members and other functionaries is this paragraph. In it you find someone who seems to have no other purpose but to be the king’s friend. This would have undoubtedly been Jonathan, had he lived. But even that might have been awkward since Jonathan was the son of the previous king. Hushai the Archite seems to be a guy with no baggage or other responsibilities. He probably got himself and the king a couple of beers at the end if the day and talked about hunting and fishing. Or even better, took David hunting and fishing when the throne was getting on his nerves.
Whatever he did, it’s a reminder that you need to make room for fun and relaxation. Maybe you need a friend. Or maybe you could be that friend. A friend is often closer than a brother, and will tell you things an employee won’t.
Jesus was called the friend of sinners. Did that mean people let their guard down around Him? We’re they on their best behavior? And if they were, was it because He intimidated them, or because He loved them?