Proverbs 27: 2020 Bible Challenge

Devotional Text and Meditation for the Day

By Neal Luebbers

Proverbs 27:10

“Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend,
and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity.”

This unique three-line proverb can easily be misinterpreted when wrongly manipulated into three separate stand-alone proverbs.  However, when we view this proverb rightly, as a connected thought and continuation of the theme of friendship in verse 9, we are left with a clear encouragement to cultivate existing and old friendships (“Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend”).  We are further called, not to forsake our family relationships, but to lean upon the immediate friendships we have cultivated to supply us with help in times of need (“and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity.  Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away.”).  This is not a proverb that depreciates or undermines the value of family, but celebrates the blessing of friendship!!!

The 27th Chapter of Proverbs alone lists three significant assets of a “friend”: 1) faithfully choosing to confront us in love (Proverbs 27:6, 2 Samuel 12:1-7, Proverbs 25:12, Proverbs 28:23), 2) sweetens our life with wise counsel (Proverbs 27:9), and 3) grows us through interaction (Proverbs 27:17, Eccles. 4:9, Proverbs 13:20, Hebrews 10:24-25).  We are missing many God-given blessings when we forsake the friendships that He has sovereignly placed into our lives, for those only of biological family or familiar comfort!  Are there any patterns of resistance in your life when it comes to relationships?  How about specifically within our church body?  Are you holding certain “church family” at arm’s length?  When you begin to view these resisted relationships through the prism of God’s sovereign plan for your life, how does that change your perception?  The wisdom of God’s Word is very clear here.  As you meditate upon this chapter today, spend time identifying at least one “friend” relationship within our church that you have been running away from.  Perhaps you have been resisting relationships within the church in general.  Please allow the wisdom of these verses to crash into the stubbornness of your heart today!

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