Did you know God is your friend? That doesn’t mean you ‘friend’ him on facebook. It means someone who is a friend.
In old testament times the people did not have a personal relationship with God. He was the great “I AM” (Exodus 3:14 NIV)
But Jesus changed all that. “We rejoice because of what God has done through our Lord Jesus Christ, who has now made us God’s friends.” (Romans 5:11 Good News for Modern Man) He knows what we are thinking and how we are feeling like any good friend. He wants to us to share our lives with him.
The relationship between two people who care about each other is a friendship. It is someone you enjoy being with, the first person you want to tell your good news to and the first person you turn to when you need support or comfort. Sometimes it becomes necessary to put your friend before yourself. Some of the qualities that are necessary for a sincere friendship are integrity, loyalty, acceptance and love.
In our relationship with God we offer integrity “A little lie is like a little pregnancy; it doesn’t take too long before everyone knows” (Paul Bunyan), loyalty “A friend loves at all times…” (Proverbs 17:17 NIV), and a forgiving nature “If you forgive wrongs done to you, your Father in heaven will also forgive you (Matthew 6:14 Good News for Modern Man) and love. “We love him because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19 NIV)
Because he is our friend we offer to listen to his advice, to love him, to try to please him and to serve him according to his purpose. And through our prayers we offer to share our lives with him because that pleases him. We will trust him, be patient and listen for what he wants us to do. In return God promises he will help us lead a life of joy and peace. He promises he will always be there for us and he loves us unconditionally now and forever.
A few lines from one of the favorite hymns: “What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer.”
“Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share.”
Joseph Scriven (1857)