I went to pick up a few things at the grocery today and standing in line someone called my name, a person I haven’t seen in at least forty years, what a treat to renew an old friendship…it made me think of this article, You’ve got a friend!
There are times when you have gone as far as you can go without divine help…and sometimes I just wish I were divine because if I could look into your heart and see the problem I would fix it, however only God can do that. I talk to a lot of people who are having troubles and I pray for them and try to offer as good advice as I have in me but I feel the best thing I can say is that I will “pray for solution”. If you have been reading me for a while you probably remember how I came up with that prayer, it was out of utter desolation and great discouragement, but as I prayed it, God showed me exactly what to do and gave me the best solution ever! Since we don’t know what’s best for a person, and when you are talking you are only hearing their side of a situation, solution is really the only way to pray. Praying for solution is saying to God “I trust your everlasting kindness and wisdom to do for me what is best, thank you.”
Carole King wrote a song that James Taylor sang, I’d like to hear it now, “When you’re down and troubled and you need a helping hand and nothing, no nothing is going right. Close your eyes and think of me and soon I will be there to brighten up even your darkest nights. You just call out my name, and you know wherever I am I’ll come running, to see you again. You’ve got a friend” That friend, for us as Christians, is named in the old hymn, “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and grief’s to bear, what a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.”
When you are little and feel lost, there is no more comforting feeling than finally seeing your parents face in the crowd when you thought you were lost. When someone in your family dies, you seek the comfort of your other relatives because they are the only ones who know what you feel and you comfort each other. Hebrews 2:17-18 That’s why He had to enter into every detail of human life. Then, when He came before God as high priest to get rid of the people’s sins, He would have already experienced it all Himself—all the pain, all the testing—and would be able to help where help was needed. Jesus couldn’t have helped us if He had not felt all that we had felt and been through.
Psalm 23:4 Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook comforts and makes me feel secure. What could possibly be more comforting than knowing your battles will be fought while you are kept safe and secure? Deut.33: 27 The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you. He drives out the enemy before you; he cries out, ‘Destroy them!’ So who and what are you afraid of when you have this promise? Isaiah 51:12 “I, I’m the One comforting you. What are you afraid of—or who? Some man or woman who’ll soon be dead? Some poor wretch destined for dust? You’ve forgotten me, God, who made you, who unfurled the skies, who founded the earth. I love this verse: Isaiah 66:13 As a mother comforts her child, so I’ll comfort you. You will be comforted in Jerusalem.”
There is a place of quiet rest, near to the heart of God! The Apostle Paul closed his letter to the Thessalonians: 1 Thessalonians 5:11 So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, and no one left behind.
I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it. I know there are some of you with heart aches, financial problems, relationship troubles, you just need some comfort as from a loving parent, I have given you the words, read them, be blessed and take comfort because you’ve got a Friend!