Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"Fair-Weather Friend... Am I One?"

Genesis 40.23 NLT

“Pharaoh's cup-bearer, however, promptly forgot all about Joseph, never giving him another thought.”

How easy it is to forget those who have lent us a helping hand. Pharaoh’s cup-bearer was in a jam. Imprisoned and facing an uncertain future, he sought Joseph’s advice and benefited by the encounter. Joseph also needed a little help from his new ‘friend’...

“…when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness;
mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison.”
Genesis 40.14 NIV

The cup-bearer was no real friend. He acted like one when he needed help but never gave Joseph “another thought” when his troubles were past. Here’s two pieces of advice about ‘fair-weather friends’…
  1. Avoid them.
  2. Don’t be one.
Here’s some even better advice from the best book of advise ever written…

“Do not forsake your friend…”

“Wealth brings many friends,
but a poor man's friend deserts him.”

“A man of many companions may come to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

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

“Do not forsake your friend…”

Proverbs 27.10a; 19.4; 18.24; 17.17; 27.10a

This text makes me search my soul. Who has blessed, supported, defended, encouraged, or befriended me in the past? Have I forgotten all about them? An old acquaintance? My aging aunt and uncle? A professor from college? My fourth grade Sunday School teacher? A co-worker?

It’s time to be a real friend and return the favor.

The cartoon "Fairweather Friends Reunited" is used by permission of superb UK illustrator Gerard Whyman whose work has appeared in many publications including Reader's Digest. You can visit his site and purchase his very funny book Oddly Distracted at http://www.gerardwhyman.co.uk/index.htm.

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