Today’s One Year Bible reading contains one of my favorite proverbs. Proverbs 17:17 reads, “A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for adversity.” I have counseled countless believers, who are in rebellion, that in front of them there is a metaphorical & impenetrable brick wall. They are racing on a track and traveling 120mph toward that wall. And, because of the fog, they have no idea if they are one minute or several decades from coming into terrifying contact with that wall.
On the other hand, believers who are attempting, with the Spirit’s enabling, to live to make Jesus known will also find themselves facing difficult days because we live in a fallen world. Sin reigns in our culture and everything around us isn’t what it should be because of our iniquity. Both groups, rebellious saints and Spirit-filled Christ-followers, will all eventually need comfort and ‘Jesus with skin on’.
What a wonderful comfort it is to know we can have brothers & sisters who have demonstrated, before we ‘hit the wall’ or experience hard times, that they love us will be there to nurse us as we heal. Are YOU a friend who loves at all times and, as a consequence of your commitment to love, are you ready to assist when your brother/sister faces adversity?!