The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8

 In the age of the “selfie,” true loyalty has become harder and harder to find. The Apostle Paul defined it as “perilous times” as he wrote to his young protégée Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:1-4, which says; “You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult (perilous) times. For people will love only themselves and their money (own interest.) They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.”

In 2 Samuel 1 and 2 we see that David experienced this perilousness first hand as thousands throughout Israel betrayed him. This great rebellion was led by his very own son Absalom. whom David had brought back banishment. All in the interest of self, when given the opportunity he turned his back on him causing David so much hurt and pain that he mourned and wept openly.

There were however those that committed themselves to sticking with David no matter what, setting their own self-interest aside. Without their help and loyalty David would have been doomed and God remembered their loyalty and their eventual reward came.

Maybe you have had moments in life like David when the betrayal of one close brought great pain. It’s in those moments that we can know that no matter what, there is still One that will “stick closer than a brother.” Jesus can also identify with the pain that comes from disloyalty, and He has committed Himself to us and has promised to “never leave us or forsake us” no matter what.

Today, rest and rejoice in knowing that He is forever looking out for your best interest, forever with you no matter what and always and forever loyal.

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