“A despairing man should have the devotion of his friends, even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.” – Job 6:14
George Fox was an English Dissenter and a founder of the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as the Quakers or Friends.
Fox complained to judges about extremely harsh decisions he considered morally wrong, as in his letter on the case of a woman due to be executed for theft. He campaigned against the requirement to pay tithes, which was a tax to fund absentee landlords.
He was arrested numerous times for speaking out on just causes.
In 1660, after his arrest in Lancaster, a Friend went to Oliver Cromwell, the leader of England, and offered himself, body for body for Fox. If Cromwell would accept the substitution, the friend would be imprisoned and Fox would be set free. Cromwell was so struck with the offer that he said to his council, "Which of you would do as much for me if I were in the same condition?" Although he could not accept Fox's friend's offer, because it was contrary to law, yet the power, he said, and truth of this generous offer "came mightily over him."
Cromwell met with Fox several times in next few years and each time was impressed with Fox's faith and the loyalty of his friends.
We all need life long, devoted friends who are there especially during our darkest days. Today in prayer, praise the Lord for your friends and let them know you appreciate their friendship.
“The more we love, the better we are, and the greater our friendships are, the dearer we are to God.” – Jeremy Taylor
God’s Word: “Do not forsake your friend and the friend of your father, and do not go to your brother's house when disaster strikes you-- better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.” – Proverbs 27:10
By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2014
Lost the vision
I've lost my vision, Lord, my God.
I cannot find the way.
The path is dark, the way is drear.
I stumble through each day.
My hands and heart are sore and bruised
From traveling through this maze.
My eyes are longing to behold
Your wondrous, peaceful gaze.
I need to know the Light will shine
On all my steps ahead.
I need to know that you will be
The path on which I tread.
Dear Lord, I need a vision clear
To know your plan for me,
To trust that in your great embrace
I, in your love, might see.
Give me the strength to persevere
Through every sort of trial
That in your grace I might endure
The perils of each mile.
I ask for confidence and hope
As through this life I go
That all who meet me on the way
Will of your glory know.
(c) Sandy Davis 1/16/2011