Words from the Heart for Tuesday March 26th, 2019

Ittai replied to the king, “As surely as the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be.”

2 Samuel 15:21 (NIV)

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A Friend In Need

The idea that Canadians are friendly is nothing new. Back in the 19th century, George Monro Grant of Queen’s University said Canadians were the most courteous people “under the sun.” That is one of the advantages we get from having so many French in Canada, for Frenchmen are always polite.” Almost a century earlier American Phillip Stansbury noted the same thing: “Bonjour is the common salutation, and wherever two meet, whether acquaintances or strangers, their hands are respectfully applied to their hats or caps, and the friendly bon jour pleasingly uttered as they pass.”

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The old saying “a friend in need is a friend indeed” is absolutely true. There is no friend as close as the one who stands with you when you are going through the darkest time. King David faced his share of dark times, and none worse than when his own son Absalom was usurping his authority and seeking his throne. In the midst of the darkest moment, it is a foreigner who comes alongside David and commits himself to the king. 2 Samuel 15:21 records it this way: “Ittai replied to the king, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be.’” David can’t believe this foreigner can be so committed to him, and tries to send him home. But Ittai wouldn’t be dissuaded. What an example to all of us. We are called to come alongside those who are hurting and alone. We can be to them the love and presence of Jesus in their darkest moments. Who can you come alongside today?

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley