Proverbs 18:24 (NASV)
24 A man of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks
closer than a brother.

The wisdom of Solomon providing a contrast of a multitude of friends who do
nothing for the individual but bring them to ruin, versus the single friend who
sticks close by. Solomon more than likely reflected on the stories he heard his
father tell of his friendship with Jonathan.

Emotional loneliness can occur in the midst of a crowd. It's when we feel there
is no one we can share our feelings with or take our deepest concerns to. Some
people will go to the extreme of developing many superficial friendships trying
to mask their feelings. They think by having many friends and keeping life at a
superficial level they will never have to deal with the tough issues in life.
But by never dealing with the problems in life the problems eventually become a
disease that eats away at the heart and brings a person to ruin. Jesus said to
His disciples in John 15:15, " Henceforth I call you not servants; for the
servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all
things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you." Jesus wants
to be our closest friend, sharing with us the wisdom of God. He sticks close to
us, guiding us, leading us, protecting us, comforting us, and loving us. Pray
and thank Jesus for His friendship and genuine love. Know that no other person
cares for you as a friend as Jesus does.