Then all the inhabitants of Egypt will know that I am the Lord because they have been only a staff made of reed to the house of Israel. When they took hold of you with the hand, you broke and tore all their hands; and when they leaned on you, you broke and made all their loins quake.- Ezekiel 29:6-7
Someone once said that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. When Israel needed help to fight her enemies, she sought an unwise alliance with Egypt and while the ancient proverb might be true in a short-term situation, an enemy should never be considered reliable. Egypt certainly wasn’t.
Ultimately, all those who do not obediently follow Christ will falter and fail. We are likewise susceptible to that same failure if we ignore Jesus’ commands. Self-absorption and selfish motives can (and usually will) destroy friendships and ministry.
The Savior never intended us to serve in isolation. We are a Body. Yet, if we want God’s work and His workers to stand strong, then each one of us must individually rely fully upon the Savior. As we lean on Him, then others may lean on us and not be broken.
When we have no helpers, see your helpers in God. When you have many helpers, see God in all your helpers. When you have nothing but God, see all in God. When you have everything, see God in everything. Under all conditions, stay thy heart only on the Lord. – Charles Spurgeon