Friends Closer Than a Brother
Posted: Wednesday, November 8
Verse of the day:
Never abandon a friend—either yours or your father’s. When disaster strikes, you won’t have to ask your brother for assistance. It’s better to go to a neighbor than to a brother who lives far away. (Proverbs 27:10 NLT)
From time to time I’ll receive a phone call asking if the church has a moving ministry. I reply that we don’t have a formal moving ministry but that I’m certain that their friends in the church will be more than happy to help them move. I ask them to think of all the people that they’ve helped out, all the friends that they’ve invested in, and I encourage them to reach out to these friends for help with moving.
It’s interesting the responses I get. Most often the person will reply that they don’t have any friends and they haven’t helped anyone else. To which I finally say ‘Good luck with your move!’
As Christians we should be able and willing to help anyone, even complete strangers. Yet Solomon is explaining how life actually works most of the time. Friendship is an investment that reaps great rewards.