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(March 30, 2005)
When Friends Forsake Us
By Scott Campbell
"Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life." (John 6:67-68)
"Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly. For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed. I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbors, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me. I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.
"But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God. My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies' sake." (Psalms 31:9-16)
Here's a man who has no friends, no family, no one to call a friend. If you take away everyone a man can talk to, that really puts a damper on his life.
I'm sure some, if not all of us, can say that when a friend of ours one day decides we just aren't cool enough to be his friend, and picks up and finds other people to mingle with, that's painful. Yet, let's say you loose all your friends in a matter of a week.
At the end of the week you head to bed but tonight you can't sleep; instead, you stay up half the night wondering if it was something you did, or something you said. Then finally about three in the morning, after you've struggled with everything for hours in your mind and in your heart, you just let it all out.
You cry out to your friend. Wait a minute, what friend? You've lost all of them. No! You still have one true Friend, your one true God, who vowed never to leave you, never to let you down. There He remains right beside you, ready and willing to listen, to stick up for you, to take care of you.
You have His ear. So you just spill all that's on your heart. Every feeling, every situation that you've gone through in the last week. Everything. You don't leave out any detail. Once you've finished, you roll over in bed and see the time . . . 4:30. What now?
Now you trust. "Ok, God, my future is in Your hands. Rescue me from those who hunt me down day and night. Let Your favor shine on Your servant. I trust you."
© 2005 Scott Campbell
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