The Purpose of Family – Proverbs 17:17

Proverbs 17:17 "A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."

God has given us the institution of family for a reason. We need each other and we need fellowship. The ties that bind a family together are often stronger than what joins friends together. When we are in trouble, typically we go to God and family first.

This verse says a brother is born for adversity or trouble. While a good friend will stick with us through thick and thin, a brother is there for the very purpose of helping us through rough times. That is God’s design. A family’s love runs deep and is often born out of trouble. Sometimes it seems the opposite, and our family members seem to cause irritation for us. Yet through rightfully responding to these irritations, God uses them to form Godly character in us. However, in the long run our family is there for us.

Today take time to thank the Lord for your family and friends. Thank God for being your heavenly Father, Jesus for being your brother, and the Holy Spirit for being your comforter and guide (2 Cor. 6:17-18; Rom. 8:29; John 14:26, 16:13)

Let’s ask ourselves, "Since my purpose is to be there for my family in hard times, how well am I fulfilling my purpose? How well am I fulfilling my purpose as a member of the family of God?" Let’s not get caught up with life, but make time for God and others. Let’s not get so focused on the task at hand, which I do a lot, and forget about relationships. Relationships are everything. God created man for fellowship with Him and for His pleasure (Rev. 4:11). Our relationship with God must be number one, and then others next (Mark 12:30-31).

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