The precious Lord Jesus Christ is our friend. Oh, let us seek to realize this! It is not merely a religious phrase or statement, but truly He is our friend.
He is the
Brother " born for adversity," the one who "sticks closer than a
brother." Who will never leave and never forsake us.
precious even on earth to have a heavenly friend, for this brings the
joys of heaven in a little degree into our hearts now.
This is just what
our heavenly Father desires regarding His children, that they might be
as happy as they are capable of being while here in the body.
entered into this, that the One who is "altogether lovely " is ready
hour by hour, to be our Friend?
we cannot sleep at night, say to Christ, " My precious heavenly Friend,
wilt Thou give me a little sleep?"
When in pain, say, My precious
heavenly Friend, if it may please Thee, wilt Thou take away this
But if not, if Thou sees better that it should continue,
sustain, help, and strengthen me, my precious heavenly friend!
we feel lonely and tired, turn to the precious Lord Jesus; He is willing
to be our friend in our loneliness.
For sixty-two years and five
months I had a beloved wife, and now in my ninety-second year I am left
But I turn to my precious Lord Jesus as I walk up and down in my
room, and say, " My precious Lord Jesus, I am alone, and yet not alone,
Thou art with me; Thou art my friend; now Lord, comfort me and
strengthen me, give to Thy poor servant everything Thou sees he needs."
Oh, this is a reality,
not a fable, that the Lord Jesus Christ is our friend.
We should not be
satisfied till we are brought to this, that we know the Lord Jesus
Christ experientially to be our friend and habitually to be our friend.
Just ponder this. Habitually, never leaving, never forsaking us, at all
times and under all circumstances ready to prove Himself to be our
He is willing not
merely to grant this for a few months, or a year or two, but to the very
end of our earthly pilgrimage.
David, in Psalm 23 says: "Yea, though I
walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for
Thou art with me."
Oh, how precious this is. For this "Lovely One" is
coming again, and soon.
Soon He will come again; and then He will take
us home and there we shall be forever with Him.
Oh, how precious is that
bright and glorious prospect. Here again the practical point is to
appropriate this to ourselves.
He is coming to take me-poor, guilty,
worthless, hell-deserving me-He is coming to take me to Himself.
to the degree in which we enter into these glorious things, the joys of
heaven have already commenced!