One True Supplier

Friday, May 05, 2017

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither them be afraid." (John 14:27)

"A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." (Proverbs 18:24)

Friends are great. They are there through the good times and the bad times, the mountain tops and the valleys, the highs and lows - everything.

I am wrapping up my first year of college in a week, and I can walk away confidently saying that the Lord blessed me with some wonderful people this year. They were there for me mentally, socially, emotionally - in every aspect of life, they seemed to always be there for me.

And while I am grateful for the relationships I built this year, it wasn't until the end that I truly realized how easy it is to exalt those surrounding us. We put a false expectation on them to be a constant for us - but that is impossible.

As we go through life and build friendships, it is easy for us to jump into them so quickly. Once we form a connection, we expect those people and the relationships we built with them to be a never-ending support system that carries us through all trials and errors.

And while they can supply fuel for us, there is only so much time before we run out of that dose and crave more. Before we know it, those who are supplying us with that fuel, need fuel themselves.

So, who is it that never runs out of fuel to give?... God.

It takes multiple relationships with others to see that God is the One true supplier that we can fully rely on.

Oftentimes, we put pressure on others around us to be our fuel-supplier, when in reality, God is the only One that can give us the enriching and lasting fuel that will last us a lifetime.

There will be times when a friend will fall short, a family member will forget and a foe will fight. But it is in those times that we realize God is there. Always.

Relationships and those around us will fade, but God will always stand.

In John 14:27, Christ talks about the peace that He gives to His Bride in times of trouble. He touches on the idea that the world does not give rest the way He does. The comfort of man does not compare to the comfort Christ can lend to us each and every time we find ourselves troubled.

Fellowship and friendship are two of the Lord's biggest blessings to man on this earth; in Ecclesiastes, we are reminded that having a companion is actually better than being alone. But when does it cross the line? And how do we develop a healthy balance?

It is important that we place God as our foundational Comforter and use those He placed in our lives as support. This way, when damaging situations arise, we can be assured that regardless of where we stand with others we will be falling back on a reliable and everlasting source as our foundation.

Lord, I want to thank You for placing people in my life to support me and be there for me. I pray that as You continue to place others in my life, that You help me to keep you at the center as my foundation. I know that You alone cannot and will not fail me.

Allow the Lord to work in your life and use those around you as He pleases. Pray and ask Him to help you remember Him as your go-to in times of struggle.

Written by: Haley Phelps

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