Reading the Word
Psalm 55:20–23 (ESV)
20 My companion stretched out his hand against his friends; he violated his covenant. 21 His speech was smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords. 22 Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. 23 But you, O God, will cast them down into the pit of destruction; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in you.
Understanding and Applying the Word
Some “friends” are not true friends at all. They simply say all of the right things and do all of the right things to mislead. In reality, they are seeking their own interests and not what is best for others. These types of relationships often cause the greatest harm. As a result, when we are hurt, we are often tempted to distance ourselves from everyone so it does not happen again.
People and relationships will often disappoint us. People are sinful. People are selfish. This includes all of us. Yet, we can trust in God. He is faithful. He is true to his word. And he is gracious when we fail. Let us cast our cares on him and trust him in our times of need.
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