You’ve Got a Friend!

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Recently, I took refreshments to our Thursday morning Ladies Bible Study group, an activity that usually produces a lot of stress for me. I don’t have the gift of hospitality, so all that planning, preparing, and serving would usually wear me out. But not this time!

That’s because I decided to jump in and help a friend when she was bringing refreshments. We planned, prepared, and served together, and we experienced a lot of joy in doing it as a team. It was my first experience joining someone else instead of going it alone, and it made all the difference.

Life can be like that. We forge ahead on our own, when all the time we have a Friend who wants to walk the road with us. Actually, He is always there. He just wants us to recognize that truth and enjoy the journey with Him. His name is Jesus, and He is this kind of Friend:

He knows us

We are told He is the Friend who is closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). He knows us better than our own family. He sees all the way into our hearts (1 Samuel 16:7), and He is intimately acquainted with all our ways (Psalm 139:3). In other words, He understands us as no one else can.

He takes care of our every need

Whatever we need, Jesus can provide, and He gives us what is best for us. He is able to take care of us because He has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). When we trust Him and ask Him for help, He moves in His own special way to respond. Of course, He took care of our greatest need in dying on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. We are told: “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13, NASB). That’s exactly what He did.

He advocates for us

Since He rose from the dead, Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father, where He is interceding for us (Romans 8:34). “We have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1, NASB). That means, He is working on our behalf even now. He is for us, and nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:31, 38-39).

He stands with us

Jesus tells us He is with us always (Matthew 28:20). He protects, guides, and guards us. He speaks to us and helps us. He says, “I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15). We are never alone, and we get to enjoy the fellowship of His presence with us.

We are meant to enjoy life as we go through it with Jesus. Seeking and recognizing His presence in our daily activities makes the journey so much sweeter. Just like the disciples who travelled with Jesus on the road to Emmaus, we can say, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road!” (Luke 24:32, NASB).

Question: How have you experienced Jesus’ friendship in your life? Comment at the link below.

Susan Jane King

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