The Perspicacious Judge



I practically wore out my copy of the Beatles album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the track “With a Little Help from My Friends.”  With over 50 cover versions of this song, it rivals as one of my top five all-time favorite Beatle’s songs.

With a Little Help from My Friends

What would you think if I sang out of tune,
Would you stand up and walk out on me.
Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song,
And I’ll try not to sing out of key.

I get by with a little help from my friends,
I get high with a little help from my friends,
Going to try with a little help from my friends.

What do I do when my love is away.
(Does it worry you to be alone)
How do I feel by the end of the day
(Are you sad because you’re on your own)

No I get by with a little help from my friends,
Do you need anybody,
I need somebody to love.
Could it be anybody
I want somebody to love.

Would you believe in a love at first sight,
Yes I’m certain that it happens all the time.
What do you see when you turn out the light,
I can’t tell you, but I know it’s mine.

Oh I get by with a little help from my friends,
Do you need anybody,
I just need somebody to love,
Could it be anybody,
I want somebody to love.

I get by with a little help from my friends,
Yes I get by with a little help from my friends,
With a little help from my friends.

Songwriters: John Lennon / John Winston Lennon / Paul Mccartney / Paul James Mccartney
With a Little Help from My Friends lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Friends? That person who knows you, supports your cause; is on your side, familiar and helpful to you, would be a good starting definition.  I’ve had a few who fit this bill, but not many.  There are those who thought they knew me, supported my ministry, were on my side, familiar and helpful, until I unveiled a few lifelong struggles that caused them to abandon me completely.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not Jesus, and I know it.  Although I have at least an inkling of an idea how He must have felt, when those closest to Him all walked (or ran) away, after His arrest that night in the garden.  So, is just sticking around during the tough times what makes a true friend?  Well, maybe.  Maybe not.  People are human, and humans are, even in the best of times, not the best perspicacious judges of who’s going to stick around.

The prudent thing would be to seek friendship in the One who will never leave you, or abandon you.  A wise choice would be to offer your heart and life to One who can not only enhance your life, but give it meaning and purpose.  The sagacious move would be to invest in eternal wealth rather than earthly gold or silver.  The careful, cautious, shrewd act would be to have the insight to trust Jesus Christ the Lord, as Savior.  And hear Him call you “friend.”

John 15:13
No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:15
I do not call you slaves anymore, because a slave doesn’t know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have heard from My Father.

Just as God said to Joshua, Jesus says to you:  Joshua 1:5
No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. I will be with you, just as I was with Moses. I will not leave you or forsake you.

God called Moses “friend.”  Jesus called His disciples “friends.”  He will call you “friend” when you trust in Him completely.  I get by with a little help from my friends – God my Father, Jesus my Savior, and the Holy Spirit who empowers me to live for God’s glory.

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1 thought on “The Perspicacious Judge”

  1. My internet line bombed before finishing….you may have a partial already…
    After having to look up and learn a new word and pronunciation 🙂 I was quiet for a time and only Stll Waters Run deep come to mind. I know it is somewhat cliche but it fits in respect to the level of reflection it must take to share day after day…

    In those thoughts and studies have you musings about the level of individualness that will remain after we are releaved of the embedded sin we have now? When we are given our new bodies and are with the Lord. How does total worship full time interweave with work we will be given ?

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