WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12
“The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows;
He leads me beside peaceful streams.”
Psalm 23:1-2 (NLT2)
OVERLOAD: REMEMBER YOU’RE NOT ALONE
As his UCLA football team suffered through a poor season in the early 1970s, head coach Pepper Rodgers came under intense criticism and pressure from alumni and fans. Things got so bad, he remembers with a smile, that friends became hard to find. “My dog was my only true friend,” Rodgers says of that year. “I told my wife that every man needs at least two good friends—and she bought me another dog.” (Today in the Word)
We are made to need friends. And we really need them when times get bad. When Jesus is the Shepherd of our life we are never alone. In fact, Proverbs 18:24 describes Jesus as a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Spiritually, our tendency is to wander and get off track. However, Jesus is always present and always trying to lead us to the center of God’s will for our lives.
Who are your closest friends? What are some of the things that make them special friends? In what ways can you see how Jesus wants to be a close friend in your life?