I was preparing to teach a message about choosing friends wisely when I had a scary thought—Would Jesus want to be friends with me? If he was listening to me quote the proverb about choosing friends carefully, would Jesus invite me out for coffee or would he stay far, far away from me? After all, the Bible warns about getting close to fools, and I have certainly done my share of foolish things in life. Solomon, in his wisdom, encouraged us to walk with wise people, but I don’t often look back at my week and consider it brimming with wise choices. So what would Jesus do with me? Or with you?
Thankfully, this passage gave me hope: “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24). There is someone who will stick by you even when flesh and blood keep their distance. His name is Jesus. Even though our Savior knew that a companion of fools suffers harm (Proverbs 13:20), Jesus became the companion who would suffer for our sake. Despite knowing everything about us, he still chose to be with us. As we work on our “walk,” he graciously insists on walking with us, forgiving us when we stray off the path and strengthening our spiritual muscles with his Word and Spirit. When all other friends fade and fall away, our Savior stays.
What a friend we have in Jesus!