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When Desiring to Seek Wise Companions for your children (or yourself):
Pray more, seek less.
God uses loneliness in our lives
- Don’t automatically try to get rid of loneliness
- God often uses loneliness to bring a person into a closer relationship with Him.
- God may use loneliness to make a person realize their need for salvation or to take them deeper spiritually, or to help them learn some important lesson
- God may remove friends (close doors) in order to lead a person to go after other interests, goals, pursuits, and dreams (opening other doors) that He will use in the future (perhaps leading them to do great things!)
Examples abound when you’re reading biographies of the childhood of famous people, (for instance, great scientists and famous hymnwriters–I recommend reading the “Childhood of Famous Americans Series“: books that will make a difference and become “wise companions” for your children in your Homeschool).
God May Be Giving More Time
God knows what we’re going to go through in the future and often frees up our time by removing people and/or activities for a time, for some or all of these reasons:
- To strengthen us spiritually for a trial ahead (by allowing us to have more time in the Word of God)
- To prepare us for an expansion of ministry, by deepening our message through what we learn while enduring this trial
- To free us to accomplish things that need to be done, and/or encourage us to become more organized, because He knows we won’t have time later, or some event is going to happen which will require these things to be accomplished
God Brings the Best Friends
- In quality of friendships
- In length of friendships
- In depth of relationships
- The most wise, and ones that we have the most things in common with that are truly important
God Knows Our Need and Theirs
- We maybe would never choose this friend. But He knows we need them:
- For what we’re lacking in character
- For spiritual direction and growth
- For what we can share with them spiritually
- We are prone to looking on the outside, but God knows the hearts
God Has An Eternal Perspective in View
- We (sometimes) just want good friends and happiness
- God wants His glory for His Name
- God wants spiritual fruit in our lives
- God knows when we need trials to bring about more fruit and growth, which will glorify Him
- God knows their and our whole future
God Is More Concerned with Our Becoming Wise Companions Than Our Finding Them
Instead of Seeking Wise Companions:
- Study the characteristics of wisdom
- Pursue wisdom
- Develop inner Godliness and character
- Pray to become wiser
- Avoid foolish people
- Do projects that will develop the characteristics of wisdom in you and your family
If you are wise, wise companions will be drawn to you
If you are not wise, wise companions will not want to be your companion (unless they’re discipling you) even if you seek them out and find them.
The Friends God Brings Are The Best
- Pray that God will bring wise companions
- When God brings wise Godly friendships, foster them
- Learn from those wise people He brings into your life
- Still be discerning and check everything against the Word
- Remember that no one is perfect and even wise companions do foolish things sometimes
- Remember God is Your Best Friend, the Only True Cure for Loneliness, and the Only Perfect Example you can follow
- Never stop making brothers and sisters best friends
- Always cultivate your family relationships first next to your relationship with the Lord
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