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A Friend Indeed
Read 2 Samuel 16:1 through 18:33
“A friend in need is a friend indeed.” This old phrase has been interpreted several ways, but most often it is understood to mean that those who help others in need prove themselves to be true friends.
David found out who his friends were when he fled for his life after his son Absalom usurped the kingdom from him.
Shobi son of Nahash from Rabbah of the Ammonites, Makir son of Ammiel from Lo Debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim brought bedding and bowls and articles of pottery. They also brought wheat and barley, flour and roasted grain, beans and lentils, honey and curds, sheep, and cheese from cows’ milk for David and his people to eat” (2 Samuel 17:27–29).
This act of kindness was also an act of bravery, for it showed their loyalty to David and rejection of Absalom as king. Their actions could have cost them dearly if David had not been restored to the throne, yet they chose to be friends in deed.
Thought for Today: What can I do today to show someone in need that I am a true friend?
Quicklook: 2 Samuel 17:27–29
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Prayer is our link with God, an awesome avenue through which we can express praise and adoration to Him for His goodness, love, and mercy; and an avenue through which we can voice our petitions and concerns. God's Word assures us that we can "come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).
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