Proverbs 17:17: A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Now I will confess that this verse indeed speaks of each and every redeemed of the Lord as they are friends one to another and brothers and sister’s one towards another. Yet, we must see Christ as having the ultimate fulfillment in this verse as in every passage of Holy writ! I can not nor can you ‘LOVE’ at all times, but I known one who as the Friend of sinners has and does love at all times! If this is not the case then salvation is only a dream and we are of all men most miserable.
Also, who but our dear and sweet Elder Brother was born to carry our adversities and bare our iniquities? Never was there a brother like this ONE; he by Himself took upon Him our trouble, our tight place as we came into trouble from the womb and because of God’s Holy Law were indeed in a tight place. I remember my brother Scott Richardson telling me often that there are 3 phases in a believer’s life: we are either in trouble, heading into trouble or just coming out of trouble! Yes, yet in our adversity we have a brother who was born for this very issue and He became poor that we might through His poverty become rich.
At all times and in every trial or trouble my soul shall find its peace and rest in MY FRIEND AND IN MY BROTHER, the high, holy and lifted up one we reverently call Jesus The Christ.