Lean on Me

ImageTwo tunes have been running through my head today. One is secular and was written by Bill Withers back in the 70’s, the other is a hymn written by Joseph Scrivens in 1855 for his mother who was far away from him in Ireland. What is the common thread of these two songs? The first is Lean on Me and the other is What a Friend We Have in Jesus. The one says, “Lean on me when you’re not strong, I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on”....the other says “O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.”  If I had the wisdom of Solomon, and his riches also, I could solve everyone’s problems, and that’s the truth. Of the people I talk with there is one that desparately needs a job to be able to pay the rent and utilities, another friend has a spouse that is abusive verbally and she fears it will become physical, there is another who has a child that the spouse is trying to get full custody of…then there is the one who is in a “going nowhere” relationship, but doesn’t realize it…and the list goes on and on! Again, I feel if I were rich and had wisdom I could help solve all their problems! Truth is there is no one on earth that do that, although we are gifted with people who have the training to help us sort through our problems and can prescribe a drug that can help you cope..however they cannot solve anything on their own, can they? It takes co-operation from you and then, sometimes, it is not permanent…so where do we go for help? Shall we go back to “casting all your care on Him, for He cares for you?”1 Peter 5:7 My grandfather told me something one time that I will repeat here. He said that in Psalm 23 it says “Your rod and your staff they comfort me”...the word of God is your “rod” and your friends are your “staff”…he advised me that I needed both. Well we know that John chapter 1 says: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. So the Word (being Jesus) is the rod that we lean on, he holds us up. The rod the shepherds carried were made for their protection in warding off animals or enemies, but also they were made to push into the ground so that they could be leaned on at times when rest was needed. Proverbs 17:17( NLT) says: A friend is always loyal and a brother is born to help in time of need. So now we see the two songs coming together…lean on me when you’re not strong, what a friend we have in Jesus, Lean and Friend are the underlined words. Very sadly I know a family that spent the greater part of yesterday in an effort to keep one of their siblings from committing the ultimate act of desperation, suicide, which is the permanent solution to a temporary problem. If you are willing to die, why not just give everything to God in Jesus’ name first? Give Him the chance to help you, He is that friend that sticks closer than a brother. Talk to someone, there are people who care and will pray and my friend I am one of them.
Be blessed, pray, lean on Jesus and carry everything to God in prayer!

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