“You are my friends if you do what I command.”John 15: 14
Dick Sheppard served as a chaplain in the British army during World War 1. One night
he was lying in the dense blackness of no man’s land when he heard footsteps approaching.
Unable to see who it might be, he was tempted to cry out, “Friend or foe?”
Years later, on another dark night back in his homeland, Dick remembered that
experience as he gazed into the sky and wondered about God of universe. Again, he felt like
calling out, “Friend or foe?”
Often in the blackness of some bewildering trial, unable to discern God’s purposes, we
are tempted to question His goodness. Some even wonder whether there is God; and if there is,
whether He cares for us.
We who believe the Bile know that the almighty, eternal Creator has revealed Himself as
a loving father, and that He infinitely cares for us. And through His Son, He has shown Himself
to be a Friend of sinners (Matthew 11: 19).
When in faith anyone accepts the sin-atoning sacrifice of Jesus, that person receives the
promise that he will never be forsaken by God (Hebrews 13: 5). What a privilege to know in our
darkest moment that when we cry out, “Friend of foe” Jesus answers, “I am your ever-present
Friend!” …Vernon Grounds.
(Culled from: And He Walks with Me. 365 Daily Reminders of Jesus’s Love from Our Daily Bread)