Today's Devotional Thought
August 25, 2010 by Rachel Piferi
Who is Your Jesus?
“I am feeling like your Jesus right now.” That is what the text said and I was taken back. I was struggling in my life and looking for support from my friend. And, I got defensive and resistant to the idea that I had turned my friend into my Jesus. But, as I thought about it more and prayed about it, I realized that she was right.
It’s really easy to do, you know. You fall into depending on someone who is physically in front of you rather than your creator who can sometimes feel so far away. When things get unsteady or unstable in our lives, we tend to cling on to the steady things around us. We turn to our friends and family for support and then we cling on because we’re scared.
Friendship is one of the most beautiful gifts that the Lord has given to us on this Earth. Friends help us deal with stress, they have fun with us, and they help us to feel loved, valued, and esteemed. Having friends also gives us the opportunity to help others and we seem to benefit from both giving support to and receiving support from our friends. Having friends is good and, as we see in Genesis 2:9, it seems that we were designed for relationships:
"And the LORD God said, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him."
And, one of the best times to have a friend is when we are hurting. We oftentimes find out who our true friends are when our world falls apart. However, as wonderful as it feels to have a friend when you are hurting, we must be careful that we don’t turn to our friends to save us in our time of need. Because, even the best friend in the world can’t heal you like God can. And, we shouldn’t expect them to be able to.
My friend was wise. She noticed that I was turning to her rather than to Jesus to help me through the events I was going through. She is a great friend. But, even the best friend in the world, doesn’t have the shoulders to bear our burdens. Only Jesus can do that. And, we should never expect our friends to be our savior. It is unfair to them and it is too much of a burden for any human to bear. And, if you do begin to turn them into your Jesus, they will only feel smothered and unable to meet the expectations you have placed on them. And friends, it will not help us in the long run. Because Jesus is the only one who is truly equipped to help us and heal us through our trials.
It is great to have friends to encourage us and sharpen us and support us through life. But, they should never take the place of our Savior, the only one who can truly give us peace and encouragement.