2 Samuel 15:21 (NET) —21But Ittai replied to the king, “As surely as the Lord lives and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king is, whether dead or alive, there I will be as well!” [1]

 

What do you do when things get tough for a close friend?  Do you stand with them or flee from them?  Sadly many in today’s culture are quick to abandon each other.  As soon as things get hard, or start going the wrong way even our closest friends frequently vacate the area.  Scripture is correct when it says… 24A person who has friends may be harmed by them, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.[2] (Proverbs 18:24 (NET).  You may have many friends today, but you will be lucky to have a single friend in your day of trouble.  The truth is we need more men like Ittai in our lives, and in our churches.  Men who will stand for what is right, even when standing is hard, dangerous, and costly. Ittai did not have to flee with King David, he could have stayed behind and been safe, but doing so was not an option.  His loyalty, and devotion to his friend was stronger than his desire for safety, comfort, and even life.  So he chooses to leave the city along with David and a few other men.  David must have been so blessed by the devotion of his faithful friend Ittai who made the choice to stand by his side even in the hard times. Who is it in your life that needs your backing, encouragement, and public support right now?  Will you stand with them, or abandon them?  Will you be a great friend, or will you find yourself among the many friends who depart, and leave them to suffer in their own despair?  Stand with those you love, and pray that when your difficult days come that they might stand with you as well. Praise God for the Ittai’s in your life!

 


[1]  Biblical Studies Press. The NET Bible First Edition; Bible. English. NET Bible.; The NET Bible, 2 Sa 15:21, Biblical Studies Press, 2006.

[2]  Biblical Studies Press. The NET Bible First Edition; Bible. English. NET Bible.; The NET Bible, Pr 18:24, Biblical Studies Press, 2006.