Looking unto Jesus and not to our brethren, not even to the best and the most beloved among them. In following a man we run the risk of losing our way; in following Jesus we are sure of never losing our way. Besides, when we put a man between Jesus and ourselves, the man will increase and Jesus will decrease; soon we will no longer know how to find Jesus. Then when we cannot find the man of if he fails us, all fails. On the contrary, if Jesus is kept between us and our closest friend, our attachment to the person will be at the same time less enthralling and more deep, less passionate and more tender, less necessary and more useful. He will be an instrument of rich blessing in the hands of God when He is pleased to make use of him, and his absence will be a further blessing when it may please God to dispense with him in order to draw us even nearer to the only Friend who can be separated from us by “neither death, nor life” (Rom. 8:38).
I didn’t want my Dad to die. I went to God in prayer ready to argue for his healing. I would tell God I needed my Father. But when the prayer began I was disappointed. I couldn’t say it. Dad’s message had been, “Christ our Savior our sufficiency in all things.” I knew that Jesus was all I needed. I wept. I wept for the loss of my argument and for the loss of my Dad and I wept tears of satisfaction that at least here, I had learned the lesson my Dad, more than anything else, wanted to teach me.
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 3:5
…there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24b
Can We Pray? You are enough. Oh God, thank you for the companionship that places us in You and You in us. And for the Spirit’s comforts which will come to us, “when dearest friends depart, and all is darkened in the vale of tears. Then we shall know His love, His heart, whom comes to soothe our sorrows and our fears.” Blessing You in the Name of Jesus, Amen