Who are your best friends? The chances are that as your thought about this question; you consider the people with whom you have most in common. The people with whom you share your heart. The individuals who like the things you like and hate the things you hate. The people you love and who love you back.
Friendship is generally earned. We would not consider someone who continually acted against our wishes our friend, but the Bible teaches something quite amazing.
For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. – Romans 5:10 (NLT)
In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve enjoyed a personal friendship with God. Without the feelings of guilt and fear, Adam and Eve could thoroughly enjoy a daily relationship with God, as they would walk and talk together in the cool of the day. After the fall, however, that relationship was broken. Throughout the Old Testament, we mostly see the fear of God, rather than friendship. Only a select few had the privilege of friendship with God. Abraham for example called “friend of God,”
Jesus came to restore our friendship with God.
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation – 2 Corinthians 5:18
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. – John 15:15
God is the creator of heaven and earth, Lord and owner of the universe, the author and the finisher of our faith – and yet he choses to be a friend to us. God reached out to us while we were still His enemies and invites us to enjoy a daily friendship with Him.
- Would you say God is your friend?
- How would your relationship with God change if you loved and spoke to Him like your best friend?
Thank you, Lord, for making me realise that I am more than just a servant – that I am your friend. Help me to be a good friend – a friend that talks with you frequently, a friend that spends quality time with you every day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.