Updated: Feb 28, 2019
This past year the people in my life have changed drastically, and I mean that in a positive way. God has strategically placed people in my life, he has answered prayers, and he has given me friends for a specific reason. He has also taken friends out of my life. Watching friends being taken away has stung. I'd be lying if I said otherwise, but it is necessary.
I believe that God wants me to have people in my life who protect me, love me, help me grow, and understand me.
When Job's three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out of their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him.
A few months ago two of my best-friends found out horrible news about something in my life. At the time I was unaware of what was going on, but I had previously told these two friends that if I had ever found it to be true it would kill me inside. The two collected the information, talked to one another, and slept on it before deciding what to do with the news. After much deliberation they decided to call me and tell me. When they did my knees went weak, tears flooded my eyes, and the first words out of my mouth were "I'm going to be okay. I know I'm going to be okay because God's got me". I truly felt that way and so did they. After I said that my best friend responded with "I hate that I had to tell you this, but in no way was I going to let this information come from a stranger. You are my BEST friend, and I needed to tell you. I needed to be the one to deliver the bad news."
Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.
Something shifted in me that night, and I finally understood what a protecting friendship looked like. It was like all of the puzzle pieces had been in front of me, but they got put together that night.
I want people like that in my life. I want people that understand me, and see my heart. People that love me through all of my imperfections. I once heard that your yes is a no to something else. If I say yes to putting energy into friendships that I know God doesn't want me to focus on right now, then I am saying no to the friendships he has so strategically set up for me.
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray
So, who are your people? Who do you have in your life? Do you pray about them? Do you pray that God gives you Godly friends?
I cant answer these questions for you, but watching the sermon below allowed God to talk to me. I love that this came from a guys point of view!