Oh, the joys of those who do not

    follow the advice of the wicked,

    or stand around with sinners,

    or join in with mockers. Psalm 1:1

In life, we have a choice in whom to companion. Though we often think of companionship as solely friendship, in this case it can refer to anyone who is influencing and shaping you. Who you allow to pour into your life will shape and influence you, one way or the other. This isn’t necessarily about only associating with the “right” people or else. But it is about being discerning in how you are being shaped and formed by the people who influence you.

Maybe you are in a place in life where you feel lonely, like you have no consistent, faithful companions to walk with you. Reread verse 6. Regardless of where your earthly relationships stand, God is your companion. God is walking with you now and he will be there in the end watching over the way of the righteous.

Who are you companioning on this spiritual journey? Who do you allow to pour into your life, whether in person or through the media you consume? Ask the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and discernment as you evaluate the results of this companionship. Now ask yourself how you let Jesus be your companion on this journey. Are you conscious of his presence with you each day? Are there changes you may need to make in your daily routine to seek or acknowledge his companionship in your life? Ask the Lord to make you aware of the way he accompanies you in your day to day life.

By Jessica Rust

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