Iron Sharpens Iron | Saturday, January 12, 2019
By: Bridget Singleton
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens [and influences] another [through discussion].” – Proverbs 27:17 AMP
Whenever I hear “As iron sharpens iron,” my mind goes back to a time when I was at UNCP. I belonged to a group that had a routine when it came time to close in prayer. We would all join hands, but we would interlock our fingers. Interlocking our fingers was symbolic for us as we would be covering the weaknesses (webbing between the fingers) of those beside us with our strengths (the knuckles).
In the literal sense of iron sharpening iron, one piece of iron is heated up to some extremely hot temperature. It is then pliable to be sharpened by using another piece of iron. Have you ever found yourself in such a situation? You were in a hot spot…uncomfortable…unsure of what to do. Then God used a friend to help “sharpen” you…encourage you…pray with and for you…remind you of hard truths…show you tough love. Or maybe you were the one being used to “sharpen” your friend.
Remember, friends, that we are not alone…on this fast or otherwise. Let us cover one another as we are being covered. For this fast specifically, if you struggle with what to eat, hook up with someone who is strong in that area. Have someone put together a simple menu for you. Maybe your strength is prayer…then have a time when you pray with others who desire to be held accountable. If you are married, maybe set aside some time to read the devotionals together. Even if you are single, find other single friends to read together in person or on the phone.
Let’s keep each other sharp!