You Have a Faithful Friend

“David said, ‘Cast your burden on the Lord and He shall sustain you.’ You have a friend who sticks closer than a brother and his name is Jesus.”

Proverbs 18:24
A man who has friends must himself be friendly. But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Peter stared at the long service certificate hanging in a frame on his office wall. He’d been serving this company for 16 years. Gave it his all, often working long hard hours to meet deadlines. He’d just returned from a meeting with Jeff, his boss and friend. Jeff had wrongly accused him of soliciting a mutiny in the department. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Now Peter faced losing his job.

King David was a man of integrity. Even before he was made king he walked in honour and truth. Yet, he too was accused of soliciting a mutiny against his predecessor, King Saul. David had come to Saul’s defence when he defeated Goliath in a war against the Philistines. But Saul became jealous of David. He turned against him and plotted to kill him. David was stabbed in the back (almost literally) by Saul, his king and friend. David was disappointed and distraught. I could imagine he just wanted to get away from it all. He wrote, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.”

Have you ever been stabbed in the back, so to speak, by a close friend; someone you’ve trusted and confided in? Know this, the Lord is your friend, too. He knows every detail of all your disappointments and battles, and he is always by your side. In Psalm 55 David wrote, “As for me, I will call upon God and the Lord shall save me.” Then David said, “Cast your burden on the Lord and He shall sustain you.” You have a friend who sticks closer than a brother and his name is Jesus.

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“Dear Lord thank you for your real friendship toward me. I know you are my friend because your word says, “Greater love has no one than this than to lay down one’s life for his friends,” and, Jesus, you laid down your life for me. Thank you! I pray you will help me through this conflict I face at the moment. Help me to stand in truth and integrity, as I keep my eyes on Jesus. Dear Lord, I rest in your unfailing friendship. Amen.”

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Dudley Anderson

Originally from South Africa, Dudley Andersen now lives in the UK where he heads up Sure Reality Media and pastors Cornerstone Family Church in Worcestershire. He is married to Karen-Leigh and has two children, Kerryn and Ryan. Dudley has a background in radio and has worked for Radio Pulpit, Impact Radio and Christian Vision. Since 2005 he has produced diverse content for various Christian stations. He is the author of God-Tracking Through the Year and Overflowing Hope and writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker. Dudley is also a worship leader.

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