A brother, born for adversity (Proverbs 17:17)

“A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for adversity.”
– Proverbs 17:17

When I was in High School my best friend stopped hanging out with me one day. This was odd because before then we were literally attached at the hip, and had done everything together night and day. Finally I got frustrated and called him and asked him what was going on. He explained to me that he didn’t like meā€”that no one liked me, I was a terrible person.

I know what you’re thinking and yes, this is the kind of thing that happens to girls not guys. But that’s not the point of my story. The point is, a couple of months later I met another guy who had recently had a similar experience with his good friend.

Because of a sort of shared experience we became best friends quickly, knowing that we would never do the same to one another. This would fall more under the “born of adversity” than born “for”.

But later this friend proved to be a serious friend. Hard experience after hard experience he stood by me and proved to be, “a brother born for adversity.”

I truly think it is a unique thing from the Lord when someone supernaturally stands by you. I’m reminded of another friend of mine. When I was a freshman in college I was an outspoken Christian and devastated that I had woken up one morning naked in a hospital. I had gotten drunk one night and had to have my stomach pumped. I had ruined my witness (or at least a big part of it).

This friend looked in my eye and told me, “This is not who you are, this is a mistake you made. Now quit sitting around and go make it right. Put it behind you.”

That is a friend. A friend born for adversity. A friend who loved me at my lowest and help me put it behind me, and gain back the witness I had lost in that situation.

Praise God that I have friends like that.

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