2019-06-01 - Lone Rangers
Psalm 50:15 (NIV)--"Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me."
Many of us grew up watching reruns of the television show The Lone Ranger. The show is still seen in repeats on at least one television network (FETV). The Lone Ranger was a crusader for justice in the Old West. The name of the show gives some the wrong impression that the Lone Ranger was a solitary figure battling the forces of evil and injustice. But the name Lone Ranger was given to him because he was the only survivor of a group of Texas Rangers. The ”Longe Ranger" was not alone. He had a trusty Native American companion named "Tonto." The two were always together. They depended upon each other for help and friendship. The Lone Ranger could always rely on Tonto.
The Bible gives us many examples of friendships. When Job encountered personal tragedy, three friends came to comfort and console him. The Apostle Paul was good friends with Barnabas. They went on missionary journeys together. Jesus was sad when his friend Lazarus died. Jesus also called twelve disciples, who became close friends.
Like the Lone Ranger, we do not go through life alone. We have spouses, friends, and family to help us through life's good and bad situations. We also have Jesus to help, us as we go through life's ups and downs. He has sent the Holy Spirit to guide and comfort us. In Romans 8:26, Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit "helps us in our weakness." Are you turning to others for help? Are you being a "Tonto" to others?
Richard Moser, Jr