I’m on your side. I’m for you. I’ve got your back! You can count on me.
Those can be purely magical words, can’t they? When you’re back is against a wall, when you feel like the world is rising up against you, when you’ve made a huge mistake and you don’t know how to make things right, it can be a huge relief just to know that someone is standing there with you.
We’ve all had times when we felt alone in the battle. We’ve felt misunderstood, outnumbered, scared, overwhelmed, on the defense, left out, and defeated. Those times are going to come. But it sure helps to know that there is at least one other person who is forsaking all else in order to stand right there with you in that awkward spot.
I thank God for the people who have stood in the corner with me in times past. I bet you’re grateful for a few folks like that too. Maybe you had a teacher who came alongside you in a difficult subject to help you succeed. Maybe you had a parent who went to bat for you when a bully was making life difficult, scary. Maybe you’ve had a few friends who have weathered life’s storms with you. Aren’t we all grateful?
Today I read in 1 Chronicles 12:18 these words from David’s supporters, his mighty men: