A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17, TLV
“A brother is born for adversity.” I suppose we could read this two ways. One that a brother or sibling was born to help us during difficult times. And, two, that a sibling is born to bring difficulty. With fractured families all around us, and isolation from this pandemic, it might seem that we can’t count on those we shared a womb or parent. That we’re in this alone. My friends, we’re not.
There is a Brother like no other who will walk with us no matter the adversity. That is Jesus. Yeshua. Can He pay our bills? Not with a check, per se, but He has His ways of supplying our needs.
He’s our intercessor:
“Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.”PROPHECY OF THE COMING MESSIAH, ISAIAH 53:12, TLV [EMPHASIS MINE]
“Therefore He is also able to save completely those who draw near to God through Him, always living to make intercession for them.”WRITER TO THE JEWISH BELIEVERS IN JESUS, HEBREWS 7:25, TLV
He will supply whatever and however He knows is best for us and the kingdom:
“My God will fulfill every need of yours according to the riches of His glory in Messiah Yeshua. To our God and Father be the glory forever and ever! Amen.”PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIANS, PHILIPPIANS 4:19-20, TLV
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”JESUS, MATTHEW 6:33, TLV
If we are blessed to have friends who are loyal and family who will drop whatever they’re doing when we need them, praise the LORD. But, if we don’t — and even if we do — we have a Brother who will do what no friend or sibling ever could. It doesn’t recuse us from trying to build relationships with our family and friends, but it does keep us grateful and humble because of what it took for us to be able to call Him our Brother.