Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 13:20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. 21 Disaster pursues sinners, but the righteous are rewarded with good.
Bill And George
by Brad Chase
Gather around little children. I want to tell you a story. Are you ready? Ok... Here we go.
Once upon a time there were two little boys. Bill and George. They went to the same school and were in the same class together. They had the same interest and liked to play the same games. They traded lunches like playing cards and even spent the night at each other’s houses. For a time, you might have thought they were brothers. They were inseparable. They were 2 happy boys who enjoyed each other’s friendship.
As the boys got older, some things began to change. Bill’s parents fought. A lot. And eventually they split up. George’s mom and dad (who were already married) began dating each other! How funny is that?
Bill’s brothers and sisters were never around and didn’t want to play with Bill. They thought he was a baby. George’s brothers and sisters all made it a point to be together and were sure to show their love for each other. They even told each other they loved each other!
After a while, even school changed for the boys. Bill made friends with the “rough” crowd while George hung out with a variety of people. But, Georg’s new friends weren’t trouble makers. See, Bill felt love and acceptance from his new friends. Even though the friends didn’t always do what was right.
High school was crazy for the boys. They had drifted apart and hardly knew each other anymore. Bill started doing what his new friends did instead of doing what was right. Half way through Bills sophomore year, he was arrested and ended up in jail. His friends had talked him into doing some really bad things. George was doing well though. He had lots of friends and was doing well in school. He was even going to church and telling people about Jesus.
Let’s jump ahead in our story. Where are the boys now 10 years after school. First, George. He has strong family ties. He is rooted in God’s word and has many Godly friends. He has a high school diploma and a career he loves.
But Bill... Bill has recently been released from prison for the 3rd time. He has no degree, no family and his so called friends are only there for him when he is doing bad things.
Bill made poor decisions for friends. While some of it was personal choice, there is also an element of influenced decision making. Look at the family life of the two boys. A strong, loving and present family produced a well rounded positive adult with direction. A dysfunctional family where Bill thought no one cared sent him racing into the arms of a rough crowd that ultimately destroyed is life.
Up till now...
Our passage for the day says...
Disaster pursues sinners, but the righteous are rewarded with good. - Proverbs 13:21
The reality is that we are all sinners. We all fall short of the glory of God. Disaster peruses each and every one of us. But, God in his love and mercy sent his only son, Jesus, to die on a cross so that through his shed blood, God would be able to look down on us and see us as righteous.
So, what does this mean for our friend Bill? Is it too late for him? No! As long as he is alive, he has an opportunity to make new friends. Better friends. To become a friend of Jesus and therefore being seen as righteous in the eyes of God.
The same is true for you. If you’re listening to this or reading this, and have not yet done so, you still have an opportunity to accept the friendship God is extending through his Son and be declared as righteous. Today’s the day... this is the hour to make new friends.