Prov.18:24 – But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
The Holy Spirit makes Jesus come alive to us. He unveils His sovereignty, His power, and His unparalleled wisdom. The unsurpassed majesty of God becomes clear to us in special times of visitation. At the same time, He also shows us His incredible kindness. Jesus becomes very personal to us and will often reveal Himself in unexpected ways when we are going through difficult times. Today’s verse says He is the friend closer than a biological brother. Jonathan Edwards wrote about his faithful friend when he was dying. His last words reveal the friendship he had with Christ. Here is a letter he wrote to his daughter just before he slipped out of this world:
“Dear Lucy, it seems to me to be the will of God, that I must shortly leave you; therefore give my kindest love to my dear wife, and tell her that the uncommon union which as so long subsisted between us, has been of such a nature, as I trust is spiritual, and therefore will continue for ever. And I hope she will be supported under so great a trial and submit cheerfully to the will of God. And as to my children, you are now like to be left fatherless, which I hope will be an inducement to you all to seek a Father who will never fail you…
When it came time for him to leave this world, he cried these words out:
Now, where is Jesus of Nazareth, my true and never-failing friend?
And then he issued one final exhortation before he left this world:
Trust in God, and you need not fear.”
I have repeated my recent encounter with the Lord again and again over these last few months. I wasn’t aware that I may have been near death when I was hospitalized with Covid, but when Jesus came into my hospital room it became apparent I was in a place I had never been before. What that moment felt like more than anything else was as if a dear friend had come to visit me in the hospital. His kindness and His strength reassured me, His words lifted me into a spiritual place I had never known before. He is my faithful, forever friend who cares for me in a very personal way. This has to be the greatest thing I could ever say- I am a friend of God.