Good Friends - a Gift from God - May 2022

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on May 11, 2022

In both of our lessons today, God’s people were blessed by good friends.

In our Old Testament reading (1 Samuel 20-21), we see Jonathan and David’s love for each other. Sadly, in our sex-soaked culture, their friendship is often questioned. As you read, you can see there is no hint of sexual or homosexual love here. These are two fellow warriors who are more interested in looking out for the good of the other than for themselves.

Brothers in Christ, do you have that kind of friendship with someone who can help you when the odds are overwhelmingly against you? Are you that kind of friend to someone else? I pray that each of us would receive that gift from God and be that gift from God to someone else.

In our New Testament reading (Luke 1:46-66), we see Mary at the home of her cousin Elizabeth. When Mary is facing the challenges of pregnancy as a single mom, she has an older relative to whom she can go to find comfort and safety. The Song of Mary that begins our text today is song from that place of safety.

Sisters in Christ, do you have that kind of relationship with a woman of a different generation who can help you when your situation seems hopeless? Are you that kind of friend to a woman, especially of a younger generation who could be blessed by your experiences? I pray that each of you would receive that gift of friendship from God and that you would be that gift from God to someone else.

I would encourage you to close with the prayer that David offered to God when he was rescued from the king of Gath at the end of our Old Testament lesson. Psalm 34 is an acrostic psalm, each letter beginning with the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It is a wonderful reminder that when we are overwhelmed, we always have a friend in our Savior God. “This poor soul called, and the LORD heard.”


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