What a friend!


Micah 7:5-6 ESV Bible

Put no trust in a neighbor; have no confidence in a friend; guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your arms; for the son treats the father with contempt, the daughter rises up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.

We are created for relationship and seek out friends and family in the course of life.  Sometimes our relationships suffer and in other seasons they flourish.  All in the path of life.

A lady I know told me when we first met, how her faith was the most important thing in life.  Her life demonstrated the joy of a close personal relationship with Jesus.  A few years later, after a rather tumultuous time in her marriage, she confessed she loved her siblings more than anyone else in the world.  They stood by her through a tumultuous time in her marriage.  She loved her siblings more than anyone.  I listened and failed to hear.  A few years later, one of her siblings passed away, rather suddenly. This dear lady was heart-broken.  There was little any of us could do, to comfort her.

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She spent the next few years working on her family relationships, bringing her siblings closer where she could.  Her marriage ended in divorce before her brother’s funeral.  This loving lady felt alone and isolated.  Consoling herself and her family in regular events seemed to ease her pain a little more each day.  In truth, she felt deeply lonely and hurt that God had taken her brother from them.  She set about doing what she could.  Sadly, her remaining siblings tolerated these sessions, privately airing their mutual distrust and disdain for one another.  She remained oblivious to this until another untimely death of her second brother, several years on.

Shortly after the second funeral, she noticed the acrimonious but deeply pretentious relationships in her family.   All her hard work at relationship building appeared lost, until she confided in a friend.  Eventually, she chose to accept the situation and put it to prayer.  During years of waiting, praying and watching, she learned these siblings had a deep mistrust for her, as a result of years of shameful attacks on her (life) failures by her parents in her absence.  Her heart, broken once more seemed irreparable.  She cried and raged at God, asking what she had done to deserve such treatment.

Visiting friends some months later, she shared her journey with me.  I could scarcely believe the frustrations she endured but promised to support her in prayer.  Days later, she came visiting and confessed that Jesus allowed her to see how she had allowed human relationships to take a greater place in her heart, trusting man over God.  She confessed this in prayer and today is able to share her story with others and asked that I share this with you.

Is there anything or anyone coming between you and your relationship with God?  Why?  Let the Holy Spirit show you and respond by putting your full trust and dependence in God.  He will never let you down, just like this worship song testifies.  Let this be your offering today and every day.

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