A Friend in Need

Editorial Perspective

Friends are very important and contribute to a person’s health and well-being. This is particularly true when you or I are in need of help to determine what to do and how to do it. Followers of Jesus Christ, know from experience that He is a friend that is closer than a brother or sister. He is able through His earthly representatives (the Holy Spirit and wise friends and counselors) to be a “present help in trouble” (see Psalm 46:1).

There are times when the confusion and bewilderment concerning the future seems too difficult to handle. Perhaps right or wrong decisions may be seemingly impossible to discern. Often at such times an addict’s friends are quick to give some ill-advised counsel.

An oft heard expression is: “a friend in need is a friend indeed.” A trust-worthy friend is someone who will not only provide sound counsel, they will also be there when they are most needed. It is also important to consider the balance provided by many friends who offer counsel. “There is safety in a multitude of counselors.” Proverbs 11:14.

I hope you will take the time to read this issue’s feature article, “Therapies and Treatment for Addiction” by David Sedlacek. Consider his well-chosen and informative words to be those of a friend when you or an addicted family member is in need.

Finally, when all else seems to fail and the pain (whether emotional or physical) is overwhelming, consider the following:
Often your mind may be clouded because of pain. Then do not try to think. You know that Jesus loves you. He understands your weakness. You may do His will by simply resting in His arms. Ministry of Healing, page 251.

Ray Nelson, MDiv, MSPH