Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. Psalm 55:22 (NLT)

There is nothing as painful as being betrayed by a close friend. When we were created in God’s image, one aspect of that was the need for intimacy and love. Jehovah God is love. That means that His very essence, His very make up is love and love means relationship. When relationship it broken it hurts us because it attacks our feelings about whom we really are. Broken relationships equal rejection and rejection cuts to the very soul.

King David knew about being rejected. In Psalm 55 he states that being rejected and attacked by an enemy hurts, but that is to be expected. Being attacked by a friend, especially a close intimate friend, hurts more than anything else because it destroys faith and trust. The burden he talks about in verse 22 is the burden of being rejected by a close, personal friend. When that happens, he says, he turns to the one friend that never lets him down.

Another person that knew what it was like to be rejected was Jesus. On the night before he was crucified one of his closest friend came to him and kissed him on the cheek. That was a very intimate act on the part of Judas. But it wasn’t real. It was self-serving and malicious. It eventually led to Jesus’ death and Judas felt so guilty and ashamed for what he’d done to his friend that he committed suicide the next day.

Jesus knows rejection. That’s why he’s such a good friend to have. True friends stand with us during the hard times, are patient with us when we fail, uplift us when we are discouraged, love us enough to tell us the truth and never keep us from being who we want to be. They give us room to grow and a shield from danger or discouragement.

Even the best of friends will fail us at some time simply because they can’t fully understand  how we feel because they can’t look inside us and see our heart or read our minds. Jesus is the perfect best friend because He’s also God. Jesus knows exactly how you feel on the inside. As our Best Friend Forever (B. F. F.) Jesus will stand by you in during the times when no one else knows how you feel.

John W. Peterson wrote a song shortly after he experienced a huge let down from a friend. It goes like this:

No One Understands Like Jesus by John W. Peterson

 No one understands like Jesus. He’s a friend beyond compare;

Meet Him at the throne of mercy; He is waiting for you there.

 No one understands like Jesus; Ev’ry woe He sees and feels;

Tenderly He whispers comfort, And the broken heart He heals.

 No one understands like Jesus When the foes of life assail;

You should never be discouraged; Jesus cares and will not fail!

 No one understands like Jesus When you falter on the way;

Tho’ you fail Him, sadly fail Him, He will pardon you today.

 CHORUS:

No one understands like Jesus When the days are dark and grim;

No one is so near, so dear as Jesus–Cast your ev’ry care on Him!

PRAYER: Dear Jesus. I thank you today that you fully and completely understand my every thought, my every feeling and my every fear. I confess to you that sometimes I’ve not been a good friend to others and let them down miserably. I have also felt the pain of being rejected and abandoned by people I thought loved me but really only wanted to use me. There have been times I even have felt like You abandoned me. Help me to feel your presence and love today; to learn to walk with you and lay every care, concern, fear and hurt at  Your feet. Wrap your arms of love around me. Amen