Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you – John 15:15
“Count on me through thick and thin/Our friendship that will never end/When you are weak I will be strong/Helping you to carry on/Call on me I will be there/Don’t be afraid/Please believe me when I say ‘Count on’/You can count on me.” While it may be implied those lyrics to Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans’ “Count On Me” only merit the relationship between two people, such is entirely untrue.
Because: When others can’t be reached! When others don’t understand! When others aren’t able to help! In every situation, Jesus is there to listen, comfort, and provide what’s needed. So when I hear these lyrics: “I can see it’s hurting you/I can feel your pain/It’s hard to see the sunshine through the rain/I know sometimes it seems as it/It’s never gonna end/But you’ll get through it/Just don’t give in,” I perceive it to be Jesus speaking to me.
While it’s a blessing to have “ride or die” friendships, most people will discover that shifts in seasons will often include shifts in alliances. Jobs, marriages, children, and distance are just a few reasons these relationships decrease over time. But this will never be the case with Jesus; His commitment to us will never change. Oh, how good it is to be reminded of this wonderful assurance!