A friend of God…does that seem strange and foreign sounding to you? Have you ever thought of the God of the universe, the one who created all things, as a friend? Why is it that thinking of God as a friend sounds to chummy and not right? Does it make God too familiar, too common, too down to our level?
What do we look for in a friend?
Someone we can share or confide our inmost thoughts with and who won't tell everyone else. Someone we can trust. Someone we feel a camaraderie with and with whom we have mutual likes and dislikes. Someone who likes us, faults and all, who doesn't let us get away with bad behavior and attitudes but has a way of directing us to the word of God for correction: "Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend." (Proverbs 27:17) Someone who is not so busy, someone who makes time for us. God is all those things and even more.
God is a friend
God can be that friend we've always wished for, hoped for, looked for. He will not make fun of us, after all He created us in our own unique ways, so he is truly interested in our well being and in helping us change our wicked ways and making us new creatures. (get rid of our "sin-gene" so-to-speak)
"there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother." Proverbs 18:24
"if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold , all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17
God came to walk and talk with Adam in the cool of the day
Genesis 3:8,9 "Adam, where are you?" asks God when he came to fellowship with Adam as he had every day.
Abraham was God's friend
"Art not thou our God, who did drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gave it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?" 2 Chronicles 20:7 and Isaiah 41:8
Moses was God's friend
"the LORD spoke unto Moses face to face, as a man speaks unto his friend" Exodus 33:11
Some others sensed the benefits of this friend
The disciples left what they were doing, their livelihoods, their manner of living, their father and co-workers to follow Jesus. In Mark 1:16,19 it says that Simon and Andrew were casting nets into the sea when Jesus said "Come after me and I will make you fishers of men" and immediately they left their nets and followed him. James and John were in their ship mending their nets when Jesus called them and "straightway they left their father and went after him".
Jesus told his disciples, his followers; "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what his lord does but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known to you." John 15:13-15
Who, in their right mind, would turn down this kind of friend?
"Fear not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yea, I will help you; yea, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness. For I the LORD your God will hold your right hand, saying to you, Fear not; I will help you." Isaiah 41:10,13
"A friend loves at all times." Proverbs 17:17
"Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so does the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel." Proverbs 27:9
"I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." John 14:18
A prophetic word: The names the kids used to call you when you were a kid were cruel and mean but those things only worked for good in setting you "aside" for Me and the work I have for you to do.
Are we, like Adam and Eve, "hiding ourselves from the presence of the LORD God"? (Genesis 3:8)
Let us open ourselves up to the only, true, best friend we will ever have. We will never be alone again. He wants to be with us wherever we go; when we do banking, in making serious decisions, while we're jogging, when we're at the grocery store, when we are studying, while we are taking care of the children, when we're in traffic, in the courtroom, in the upsets, in the celebrations, in the good times and bad.