God-Our Friend

It is overwhelming to believe that the God of the universe, who created all mankind, would want to call me His friend. I think of all the amazing people out there, the ones who are funnier, cooler, more successful and more beautiful than I am. I think why would God want to include ME in His circle? But, just as fast as I begin to think these crazy thoughts, God does something amazing to remind me of the friend I have in Him. He is the friend who sticks closer than a brother – even in my wandering. Even when I fail him, God’s unfailing love for me remains in tact.

I think that the reason this is often hard for me to comprehend is because I think of how I can fall so short as a friend. Life gets in the way of the quality time my friendships need. There have been seasons in my life when I feel like relationships feel more like a chore or a duty. In those seasons, I either put efforts forth solely out of obligation or I don’t make any efforts at all. When things start to feel like work, I have the tendency to shut down. Can anyone relate?

But, Hallelujah – God isn’t like us.

He is steady and consistent and takes pleasure in calling us His friends. He delights in us, even when there is nothing desirable in us. When we take hold of that truth, it is easier to engage in a real and authentic friendship with God. He wants us to come to Him with everything – our secrets, our fears, our victories, and our doubts. In Hebrews, chapter four, it says that no one can hide from God. I’ve said this myself a million times when sharing His word. “Be honest with God because He knows everything you are thinking, anyways.” I think that, although this is one hundred percent true, this phrase can potentially hinder our openness to God. Why talk to someone who already knows everything, anyways? Because that is how friendships thrive. There are people in your life — parents, siblings, spouses, children – that already know you love them, but if you never tell him again, just because they know, not only will they begin to doubt your love, but you also may begin to forget your love for them, as well.

Maintaining and pouring into a friendship with God not only ministers to Him, but it will be life changing for you. We were created to have fellowship with our Creator.

Go forward in that friendship today. Tell God how you feel about Him. Maybe you are happy, fulfilled and satisfied. Tell Him that. Thank Him for it. Or maybe you are sad, angry, frustrated, or disappointed. Tell Him that, too. Let it all out the same way you would your closest friend, and watch your relationship with God soar to brand new heights.

“And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.” James 2: 23

 

Shannon Barbosa