A True Friend Always Sticks by You
April 21, 2022

Today’s 333 Devotional: “A True Friend Always Sticks by You”

A true friend not only sticks by you but will never leave or forsake you.

“A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24)

A true friend doesn’t allow others or circumstances to determine the friendship.

“Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend.” (Proverbs 17:10a)

After Jonathan encouraged David, he said David would be king over Israel, and that he (Jonathan) would support and be next to him.

“And he said to him, ‘Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you. Even my father Saul knows that.’” (1 Samuel 23:17)

Basically, Jonathan was not only on the side of David, but he never left David’s side.

Jonathan was loyal to David up to the very end. But what I found interesting is that while he was loyal and loved David, he didn’t allow it to divert his duty to his father. Even though he knew that the Spirit of the Lord had departed from his father, and even though he knew that David would be the next king, he remained loyal to his dad even to the end.

When I think of Jesus’s friendship with this point, I see how He never left Peter, even though Peter betrayed Him. Yet, there by the Sea of Galilee, Jesus restored that relationship. Jesus stood by Peter, and He stands by us, no matter what our shortcomings may be.

To His disciples, Jesus said, “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18)

The writer of Hebrews records the Lord Jesus saying, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” And the reason I say this of Jesus is because the writer of Hebrews goes on to say, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:5, 8)

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