FAITH

ANCHOR OF HOPE: What a friend

Tim Braddock
Tim Braddock

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

As of April 2014, Facebook has 1.28 billion users across the world; that means roughly one in every six individuals across the world has received the same sort of the following notifications: “Joe Daniels has requested to be your friend” or “Sammi Moore accepted your fried request.” These approvals then form what is known as the friends list. Most of the individuals on this list are merely friendly acquaintances from some point or period of time as we have traveled through this journey of life.

Although we are thankful for the acquaintances, we cherish those few we would call true friends. Friends that we would take the time to sit down and share the good and the bad, the happy and the sad, the essence of all that is within our heart, our soul, and our mind. I have heard it said that if you have just one of these friends you are blessed.     

 As much as we cherish and treasure a relationship with those true friends, the Biblical proverb gives comforting words: “There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”! This friend is no respecter of our past mistakes or success. He is no respecter of whether we are poor or rich. He is no respecter of our nationality. He is no respecter of our religious affiliation. All he asks is that you and I believe in Him and the power of his resurrection. This friend’s name is Jesus.

He knows all that is within our heart, soul and mind. As the psalmist David says, “Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.”; yet, he still wants to have a friendship with us. A friendship where He will never leave us nor forsake us. He will always guide us in this life in all wisdom and truth. Wisdom is gained by asking. He promises us if any of His friends lack wisdom let him ask of Jesus. He will grant the wisdom is needed to guide us properly through life. What a friend!

In closing, I would like to share the thought provoking words of the hymn writer Joseph M. Scriven. 

“Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged —

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful,

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness;

Take it to the Lord in prayer.”

What a friend!!

Tim Braddock is pastor of Emerald Coast Baptist Church in Destin and can be reached at Tbraddock@emeraldcoastbc.com.