Saturday, November 19, 2011
How to Find a Real Friend, Part 2
I had a tearful conversation this week with someone who'd been lied to by a friend. She just couldn't comprehend how someone she'd trusted for years would betray her so readily.
I felt sad for her, but remained a bit amazed that she was so surprised. She did not understand that no one is trustworthy. No one on this earth. The hurts and betrayals sometimes come intentionally and sometimes unintentionally, but they will come. Our friends will hurt us. Guaranteed.
Understanding man's basic failure to be faithful does not grow from pessimism; it simply allows God to take His proper place. It does not mean that our friends and family do not care--in fact, they provide islands of love, but even these come with storms. If you want a friend that never fails, you have only one choice.
God is not a man that He should lie, nor son of man, that He should change His mind--Numbers 23:19
God never lies, never exaggerates, never forgets, never deceives. He is mighty not only to save, but to remain steadfast for all time and in all circumstances.
The world is a dark place sometimes. Friends fail, but when the darkness closes in, reach for the light.
The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.--John 1:5
When we stand in the light, we can finally understand.