We Need Others

Reading the Word

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.(Proverbs 17:17, ESV)

Understanding and Applying the Word

An important observation to make in interpreting this proverb is that the first half and second half are using synonymous parallelism. This means that “friend” and “brother” are not being used to contrast against each other, but the two are being used to stress deep, intimate relationships. The proverb is saying that those we are in close relationship with, like a true friend or a family member, love us and support us in all situations, including times of adversity.

Going through difficult times is hard. Having someone close to you in those times can make all the difference. This is what true friendship and family support is designed to be like. It is also what our church relationships should provide. Do you have the close relationships that help you through times of adversity? Give thanks to God for those bonds. If you do not, pray that God would bring those people into your life and look to be that person for others.

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But I Will Trust in You

Psalm 5522 [widescreen]

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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