Will the Real Friends Stand Up? (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 215)
Job 6:14 (NLT)
Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
You can find out real quickly who your real friends are when you’re in the middle of a crisis. If you have a problem, do you call on your five hundred Facebook friends or your two thousand Twitter followers? Or do you call on the friend down the street who always has your back no matter what? Real friends will walk into your life and be there for you even though everything seems to be all messed up.
It is in a crisis, when you encounter a problems, that you will discover the difference between fair-weather, red carpet friends and your real ride or die friends. You may know many people, but you won’t know which ones really know you until a crisis hits your life. The Bible says that even though people may turn away from God and listen to His voice, they still deserve good people in their lives who can help them through a crisis.
Many believers think it is heroic to be a lone ranger on their spiritual journey. It is not. It is a sign of deep pride and a sure path to depression and loneliness. God believes in support groups and that’s why he created a world in which he can talk to mankind. Jesus had the twelve disciples. He didn’t carry the gospel all by himself. He had help. He had people around him who knew him and who loved him.
As believers in Christ, you need to surround yourself with a good support group. The people who will love you through failure, comfort you through crisis, care for you through sickness, encourage you through discouragement, and walk with you when you’re facing life’s darkest moments are your true friends. When the difficulties of life threaten to destroy you, knowing that you have good friends who back you up can make the journey easier and the overcoming sweeter.
Many believers tend to think that all you need to do in a crisis is pray and let God handle. Or they feel like they will be a burden to other people if they share their needs and concerns. That’s not the case. You should pray, but in a crisis, we’re often too panicked and surprised to pray. It is at these times that your real friends will show up for you, pray for you, be strong for you, and be there for you. Make sure you know who your real friends are and never underestimate the power they can have in your life.
“In dark times, good friends show you the light; but true friends take your hand and walk by your side.”