“When desperate people give up on God Almighty, their friends, at least, should stick with them.” (Job 6:14 MSG)
God doesn’t intend for you to handle pain or loss or stress by yourself. The problem is, when we’ve had a loss or disappointment, the natural reaction is to withdraw from others. This is a bad idea!
The Bible says, “When desperate people give up on God Almighty, their friends, at least, should stick with them” (Job 6:14 MSG). God commands us to bear each other’s burdens! We’re told to “encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV).
Every one of us will experience difficulties and pain. Pain is the great equalizer. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, old or young. Every one of us will face troubles. This is why small groups are so important. The Bible says, “By helping each other with your troubles, you truly obey the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2 NCV).
Job says, “Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty” (Job 6:14 NIV). The Good News translation says, “In trouble like this I need loyal friends — whether I've forsaken God or not.”
Every person needs Christian friends who will be your friend even when you say, “I don't think I believe in God right now” and who will nurse you back to faith.
Talk About It
Can you think of a time when you knew there was a God but you wanted to say, “I don't think I believe in God right now”?
Who did you depend on in a situation like that? How do you develop relationships that produce friends on whom you can depend?
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life." His book, "The Purpose Driven Church," was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.
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