Dare 2B Daring - July 18, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” – Helen Keller
The other day, I watched a video of a safari in Botswana. The group was tracking two African lions, which were thought to be brothers. Eventually, the two came upon the Linyanti River. The lions hoped to cross this river and continue on their journey into Namibia.
Before entering, both appeared very hesitant. Not far from them, a Nile crocodile watched their every move. Needing to get to the other side, the lions proceeded cautiously into the water. As they swam, the crocodile drew nearer. Despite a valiant effort to reach the other side, the lions could not. Within seconds, the crocodile cut off the lead lion and attacked.
The male African lion is King of the Jungle, averaging 400 pounds, but he is at a severe disadvantage in the water. The Nile Crocodile ranges in length from 11 to 20 feet and can weigh as much as 1,200 pounds.
While the situation did not look good for the lion, he was not alone. As the crocodile attacked, so did the second lion, taking his enemy under water with tremendous speed. He was able to pry the crocodile off his brother and both lions survived.
The Bible speaks to the importance of friendship. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” Proverbs 27:17 reads, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” A close friend gives aid in times of need and urges his counterpart to improve.
Even more, a friend is willing to sacrifice himself for those he loves. As the one lion came to his brother’s rescue, we are to do the same for our friends. Friendship is an invaluable part of life and it comes with responsibility. Surround yourself with loving people, for we all need close friends, and take to heart the commitment necessary for a successful friendship.
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 ESV
- Christopher Glading, Program Director