A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.(Proverbs 17:17)
Someone once wrote, “A friend is one who comes in when the whole world walks out.” Our parents spoke pearls of wisdom into our lives which remain embedded in our minds to this very day. I distinctly remember my mother speaking to me when I was feeling sorry for myself about lacking some close friends at the time. She said, “Boy, to have friends, you have to be a friend!” Wiser words were never spoken.
When we read verses like this, we often start examining how many people we could call to help us if we are in a tough place. They don’t have to know all of the details. Even if they do, they don’t hold it against us or withdraw their love. Those kinds of friends are few and far between. If you have at least one good friend in your life, consider yourself blessed. Notice in this passage that it does not say “a lot of friends,” but simply “a friend.” Recall how your close friendship was forged. It was probably created because you stepped into their life when they needed someone with skin on; you knew how to use your ears twice as much as you used your tongue.
Today, someone will cross your path in great poverty. Money is not the issue; the important aspect is relationship. God knows how to use His children as His arms in a real-life way. In fact, you might be the answer to someone’s prayer of friendship. Remember, friendship is forged in the fire; so don’t be afraid to get close to someone’s smoke or flames. Just be there for them. When you have a need, you will be the recipient of someone walking into your life, when everyone else has vacated the building. I pray you have a friend and that you are one!