“I’m here for you.” “You can count on me.” “I do.” Powerful expressions convey a message of loyalty, commitment, and dedication to another, no matter what.


The human soul needs a friend, a partner to walk through life with, talk to, and lean on in times of victory and defeat, joy and sorrow, confidence and uncertainty. It is that way because God made it to be so.


It began when God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him (Genesis 2:18). Ever since, godly community has been affirmed throughout Scripture and established in Christ.


“And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:12


“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” – Psalm 133:1


“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together … but encouraging one another.” – Hebrews 10:24-25


The only thing better than fellowship with godly people is communion with God Himself. And He is far from a fair-weather friend. His fatherly promise is to hold, defend, protect, nurture, and guide every child who clings to Him.


“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. – Deuteronomy 31:8


Through every circumstance, trial, and tribulation, God remains faithful.


“But now thus says the Lord, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.’” – Isaiah 43:1-2


Indeed, “the mountains [could] be moved into the heart of the sea, its waters roar and foam, [and] the mountains tremble at its swelling,” but “we will not fear though the earth gives way” (Psalm 46:2-3).


“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble … The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” – 1, 7


“For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.” – Psalm 27:10


“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4


Promise after promise, grace after grace pour forth from the Friend of friends, a Father and Savior who cares inexpressibly deeply for His own. In every instant, every temptation, every tussle, every triumph, and every letdown, God is right there, nearer than ever. He gives comfort, wisdom, and discipline, all according to His love and purpose.



Authored by Abby Bennett on February 22, 2024.