Sunday, August 16, 2009

Choose Your Friends Well

Lamentations 1:2
(2) She weeps bitterly in the night, with tears on her cheeks; among all her lovers she has none to comfort her; all her friends have dealt treacherously with her; they have become her enemies.

I've finished Jeremiah and now it's time for Lamentations. It seems silly to finish Jeremiah and not read this one too. I find it fascinating from a literary perspective because of all the acrostics in it. It almost seems like God was showing off when He inspired this book.

This verse picks up where Jeremiah left off. Jerusalem was devastated. She had a lot of allies through her whoredom, but they have all abandoned her. She is left alone and broken.

While I am not a fan of "Jesus is my BFF" theology, I would commend Him to you here. People will fail us. Even folks who appear to be solid will fail us. Jerusalem made poor choices with her allies and paid the price. But even if we make good choices we are going to be disappointed from time to time.

Don't rely on people to see you through life. Rely on Jesus. I really think that He is who Solomon had in mind when he wrote:

Proverbs 18:24
(24) A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

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