Day 92 – Don’t Desert Your Friend
‘Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend, nor go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity; better is a neighbour nearby than a brother far away.’ Proverbs 27:10 (NKJV)
I like the Common English Bible translation of this verse. ‘Don’t desert your friend or a friend of your family…’ This is wisdom. The verse goes on to say, a neighbour that is close by is better than a family member far away! Many people do not cultivate their friendships, while some people actually do not seem to have any friend. Such a life is exposed and is in danger when calamity strikes. Ecclesiastes 4:10 says: ‘…but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.’ Life presents itself with various challenging issues. Matthew 6:34 says: ‘each day has enough troubles of its own.’ In fact, Job 5:7 says: ‘we bring trouble on ourselves, as surely as sparks fly up from a fire.’ (GNT).
So, whether you like it or not, sometime or another, trouble just comes to humanity. Life is made to be complete with friends. They are the ones that will be there for you in times of trouble – at least the good friends will. This is also the reason you too must show yourself friendly (Proverbs 18:24).
Here is today’s wisdom; no matter what; stay close to the godly friends you have and be a friend to them in return. If you do not have friends, deliberately go out to seek and cultivate one, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. You need good friends as you navigate the course of life. Stay blessed.
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