Brothers in Adversity – Proverbs 17:17

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” Proverbs 17:17

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15

This morning I find myself dwelling on the faithfulness of God to bring people into our lives at the exact time we will need them. It amazes me how He knows so perfectly what we are going to face and who we will need in our most desperate moments. People we may not have even known a few months before are suddenly such a vital part of our lives that we can’t imagine getting through this without them.

I keep looking at the phrase, “a brother is born for adversity.” I think it holds the wonder I’m feeling at how God intertwines our lives so flawlessly. Our hearts are knit together so that we can be His hands and feet when someone is walking a difficult road. We love each other, even when it’s hard to know how to love someone well in their time of need. We bear one another’s burdens as much as we can, asking God to allow us to carry some of the weight. We weep with those who weep, being there even when we don’t know what to say. Because words aren’t really necessary…the mere presence of someone who sincerely cares, someone who isn’t judging us or walking away, soothes a hurting heart. At least it did mine.

I thank God for these relationships. For His promises to provide for and sustain us. Let this be an encouragement to us on either side of the equation. So that if we’re hurting, we know that our Lord is surrounding us with His steadfast love and with those He has chosen to walk this path alongside us. And if we find ourselves in that supporting role, we know that God has placed us there for a specific reason. We may feel vastly inadequate. But God knows what each of us need. His understanding of our hearts is perfect. So we choose to trust Him, and we seek to love the best that we can, knowing that He is leading us with every step.

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