“Never abandon a friend, neither yours nor your father’s. When disaster strikes you won’t have to ask your brother for assistance. It is better to go to a neighbor who is near than to a brother who is far away.” – Proverbs 27:10
A wise counselor once said these words to me. “Don’t burn your bridges. You never know when you might need them.” Life and connections walk hand in hand. At some point in life you will face trouble. And when you do you will want to reach out. If you have burned your bridges, however, you won’t have somewhere to turn.
But relationships require work. If we haven’t spoken in quite some time you might not feel so apt to come to my aid. Yes keeping up with friends means using your time wisely, yet such will be worth it when the time comes and you need that certain someone.
And what about that all important relationship with God? Those who walk with him and talk with him often find it easier to run to him in a time of need. A closeness exists there that tends to bring courage. Sure God may answer when you are faced with death, however, it does not come so natural for that person to talk with God. Oh he will cry out for sure, yet he doesn’t know what to say, where to begin. He may make promises he can’t even keep. Relationship makes it easier to talk. I am reminded of another scripture. “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.”
How is your relationship with our Lord this morning? Have you heard that still small voice prompting you to do something? Have you talked with him, giving him praise, thanking him for all he has done, confessing your sins, and yes making requests? When is the last time you spent time in his holy Word, seeking answers to your questions? Dare to draw ever closer to God. He wants to be in relationship with you, so he will not reject you when you reach out. Draw near to God, ever nearer as you journey on.