THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
“I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away.”
John 16:1 ESV
GOD TALKS TO RESCUE US
A cable television provider commercial featured two men, Paul and Randy, jogging. Paul was watching a major sports channel on his smart phone while running. They exchanged greetings followed by a brief conversation. Paul asked Randy, “Why aren’t you watching it?” Randy replied, “I wouldn’t be able to see the hole.” Paul asks, “What hole?” After Paul falls into the hole, Randy replied, “That hole.” Paul said, “Okay Randy, good talking to you buddy.”
In John 16, Jesus told the disciples that one of the reasons He was sharing this information with them was so that they wouldn’t fall away from the faith when things got difficult. A true friend warns you about the hazards ahead. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!”
God doesn’t want any of His followers to fall. That’s one of the reasons He gives us each other. So we can warn and support each other. Who is the last friend that gave you a timely warning or word of advice? Do you have anyone who you allow to give you loving and Godly advice? If not pray that God would send that type of friend into your life. Are you willing to lovingly be that kind of friend to others?