I have been working at my computer for most of this afternoon. This Sunday I will speak at Southwest Assembly in Lakewood. This may be a dangerous assignment. I haven’t been “in the pulpit” for some time and with the events of this last year it can either be challenging in regards to the topic and trying to stay focused with so much to share.
My massage today was a welcome event after my therapy session yesterday. As I was out and about this morning I was able to see some of the left over impact of the storm we had a couple of days ago. There were till mounds of hail and water in retention ponds and leaves that had been stripped off of trees. I believe we avoided some of the damage that took place just less than a mile north of us.
BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY…. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”…You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Psalms 16:2,11
I have been reading through the Psalms. As I read Psalms 16 this morning I found it rich in the words of each verse. It is difficult to select a verse (or two) for special attention and comment. As I read the words of the Psalmist the acronym BFF (Best Friends Forever) came to my mind.
In our life we need to know who we can count on. The tragedies of life often show betrayal, disappointment, hurt and maybe even something worse. Relationships constantly provide an opportunity to practice patience, forgiveness and other aspects of the fruit of the Holy Spirit and God’s nature through our lives.
However, there are those relationships that seem to reflect the Proverb, “there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24) During my hospital stay I was blessed by those who constantly encouraged, prayed, helped at our house and stayed with me through the night to provide assistance and comfort. It is humbling to receive that type of support.
Even the best human friendships change, ebb and flow and come to an end. That is what makes a relationship with Christ and His presence in our life so significant. “Apart from Him we have not good thing.” He is the one who directs our life and provides the guidance and wisdom we need. He fills our life with peace and joy and has plans for all that to continue in eternity.
Jesus is really the only one who fulfills the “forever” aspect of a “best friend.”