God places people in our lives for a variety of reasons. Some we will never know, Some will be quite obvious. One thing I’ve learned is that no matter how saved and loving you are, there is always going to be someone who is going to dislike you. The bad part about it is that sometimes these people are the people we care the most about… our “friends“.
I recall a time when I was going through a lot. It seemed as though everything that could go wrong, DID! Luckily I had someone who was there for me and had my back (so I thought). She would listen to me whine, watch me cry, and offer advice.
Sounds like a true friend right? Well… Let me tell you what she didn’t do. She never offered encouragement. She never gave me hope that everything would be okay. When I think about it, She never even offered to help me! In fact, when things began to work in my favor, our conversations began to get shorter. I also began to notice that every time I would call her to share good news, She would seem uninterested. The more I reached out to her, the more she avoided me. Turns out, this was a case of “Misery Loves Company”. You see, she was there for me when I was down because she got a kick out of seeing me when I was down, But she never wanted or expected me to get back up!
God often removes people from our lives to protect us. Think about that before you run after them!
Lord, Help us to recognize which people have priority in our lives and which ones to let go. Reveal those who pretend to love us, Remove those who love to hate us, and Protect us from those who wish to harm us. In Jesus name, Amen.
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. ~Proverbs 12:26