by: FCC Staff
There are countless narratives in scripture that outline the truth of today's proverb. From Noah who rejected the world but stuck with God, to the prodigal son who embraced the world and found many "fair-weather friends" only to come to ruin and discover his truest ally was the father he had rejected.
It can be tough sometimes to be "in the world, not of the world," as the adage goes. Certainly, we want to love those around us, as Christ loves us, but we also have to acknowledge the truth in scripture that tells us, "Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God." (James 4:4)
We have to look to scripture to find this "friend who sticks closer than a brother." We all have close, godly friends who will stick with us, we hope, when things get rough. But who is the friend we can count on no matter what?
"No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you."John 15:15
Jesus has offered this friendship to us. And while we may or may not be blessed with friendships that reflect the truth of today's proverb, we KNOW we can count on Jesus to be closer to us than even a brother, even if all our other friends may abandon us if we come to ruin.
It shouldn't be our goal to be well thought of by the world or by friends who may come and go from our lives. But to stick close by the side of the one who has promised to stick with us through anything: Jesus.
No, we don't have to become hermits or take a lone-wolf approach through life. But when Jesus is our primary focus and our most important relationship, others who feel the same will naturally come into our lives. Hopefully, that means that when times are tough, they will stick by us while honoring their commitment to Christ in doing so. Be even if they do not, we always, always have our best friend, Jesus, to walk alongside us.
So today, let's seek Christ and his righteousness first. That all things, including our friendships and other relationships, can be blessed in doing so. When we follow Christ closely, we'll find that our other relationships are icing on the cake, not the definition of who we are. We belong to Jesus. And he will never leave us nor forsake us.
Prayer for Today
Jesus, thank you for being my truest friend. I love you, and I ask that your love pours out of me into my other relationships as well. Allow me to form healthy bonds of fellowship with others who seek your will. And by your Holy Spirit, bind me to you so that I can be assured of your never-failing love for me. Amen.