Will our Friends be Like Christ’s and Desert us When In Most Need?

From a Puritan at Heart.

On Psalm 38

It is some comfort to men in misery when they have their friends about them, if not to relieve them, yet at least to pity them ; for even pity is a comfort to men in misery ; but so miserable am I, that I am left alone as one utterly forsaken, for even my lovers and friends stand aloof from me, and my kinsmen stand afar off [ver. 11]. They are all pieces that recoil and fly back at the first voice of the powder. Yet it is not so much me they stand aloof from as my sore ; for if it were not for my sore, I should have enough of their company easily enough ; but they cannot abide sores ; their eyes are too tender to endure to see them, and yet hard enough not to relieve them. Or is it they stand aloof—that is, so near as to show they are willing enough to see them, but yet so far off as to show they have no meaning to come and help them? But call you these lovers and friends,—men that flutter about us like flies in the summer of prosperity, but vanish and are gone in the winter of adversity? Are friends but painted flowers, only for show, and nothing at all for use? or if true flowers, yet only to make nosegays of, and never to make medicine of? Is there use of physicians but when there are sores, and when sores come will not they be gotten to come? Is there use of friends but in time of need, and when need comes will they then be gone ? But alas, Ο Lord, was it not so with Christ himself?—company enough, friends enough, when there was no need; but as soon as Judas comes with a band of men, scarce a man found that will be gotten to tarry; and if they used the Master so, can I that am a servant look to be better used?
—Sir Richard Baker “Meditations and Disquisitions Upon Certain Psalms”

 

 

 

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6 responses to “Will our Friends be Like Christ’s and Desert us When In Most Need?

  1. While this experience of desertion and betrayal is nothing that I ever want to go through again — or, even wish upon someone else, I know that if I had not gone through it, there would be depths of His glory and grace that I would have missed. He is sovereign.

    God bless you Teresa!

  2. When I was at my lowest point, I erected barriers betweeen myself and those who loved me. I even tried to shut God out. Thank God He did not forsake me, He was not far from me. And to echo Christina, I know that if I had not gone through it, there would be depths of His glory and grace that I would have missed. He is indeed sovereign.

  3. When we feel the most forsaken, we are invited to feel, to know, and to trust His faithfulness, His nearness, and His endless love! Merry CHRISTmas!

  4. fom3

    Thats good stuff!

  5. That is a painful thing…to be isolated and suffering. It hurts, but Psalm 139 and Hebrews 4:13-16 helps. It is a comfort to know that we have been searched, known, and loved by Christ our high priest.

    “13Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. 14Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:13-16

    I pray that the new year holds many blessings and times of refreshing for you!

    Theresa

  6. Teresa

    Thank you Theresa! It’s been a tough year but I know through it all God is in control, and he cares about us. Thank you for stopping by, your posts and those of many others have been such an encouragement to me this year. God has been very gracious to us and I look forward to a New Year walking with him, and fellow-shipping with His Children. Blessings to you!

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