Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off. -Proverbs 27:10, KJV
I have moved at least a dozen times in my life. A few of those were across big distances, some were relatively close (one was from one end of a building to the other).
I have also moved churches. In most of these instances of moving, there is pain. Friends are not as near. Some are even lost after communication is broken for one reason or another.
Some friendships have been bolstered. My wife and I had to move in with friends (such as in that move across a building), including where we are living as I write this.
It is because of instances like this I see the truth of this proverb. You see, my wife and I only have one family member in state – her grandmother. It would make very little sense for us to try to live with one of our brothers or sisters who literally live across the country.
However, this proverb sort of breaks down when we acknowledge that our neighbor who is a Christian is also our brother in Christ.
We should be able to rely on our Brothers, in this case.
In fact, my wife and I have been blessed to struggle through some difficulties, because we were forced to rely on our Brothers and Sisters, Christ’s body, the Church, to get by. We have seen God’s love and provision through those who are faithful to Him, including our current roommates.
So, if you must rely on a brother, may it be a Christian brother (or sister or both). Do not forsake these friends of our Father through Christ, for this is how we share His love, as Christ commanded. (John 14)