What kind of friend are you?

There are friends, and then there are モrealヤ friends. When Job’s friends heard about his troubles, they dropped everything and came to be with him. For seven days they said nothing; they just shared with Job in his suffering.

Some things to ponder:

1. Would you go sit with a friend to provide a “ministry of presence” or would you leave that for others to do?

2. What roadblocks keep you from giving of yourself to your friends?



Who is the enemy?

Have you ever judged another person when they were simply doing their job? It is easy to fall into that trap, but there is a way out. Paul and Silas found it by focusing on God in prayer and singing praises to His name. Doing so helped them see the jailor in a different light and they were able to share their good news with him (vv 29-30). .

Some things to ponder:

1. How can you mentally “take a breath” before jumping to conclusions about another person’s motives or actions? ?

2. Will you commit to pray for them rather than judge them?



Do not fret over “frenemies.” Allow God to make your enemies your footstool.

A footstool is used for two main reasons: to prop your feet up or to help you reach what you cannot get with your natural height. Allow God to let people who plot evil against you help you get to your next level. Without Judas, Jesus could not have gotten to the cross.

While you are in the twilight of your next level or transitioning into it, that footstool will be there for you to prop your feet on if you understand its purpose. There is no promotion without persecution and no testimony without a test.

Praise God for the footstools in your life. These frenemies may think they are slick, but God is the one laughing. Selah.

Today, declare …
There is no promotion without persecution. Lord, I praise You for making my enemies my footstool.