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 is becoming harder and harder to find. The Apostle Writing to his younger protegee, Paul defined these days as “perilous times.”  Paul writes in 2 Timothy 3:1-4; “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 David experienced this perilousness firsthand as thousands throughout Israel betrayed him. This great rebellion led by his very own son Absalom even included Mephibosheth, both of whom David had brought back from places of nothing. All in the interest of self, when given the opportunity they both turned their 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 we can remember we have 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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