God wants to be your best friend.
Our relationship with God has many aspects: God is our Creator and Maker, Lord and Master, Judge, Redeemer, Father, Saviour and much more. But the most shocking truth is this: The Almighty God yearns to be your friend!
In Eden we see God’s ideal relationship with us. Adam and Eve enjoyed an intimate friendship with God. Adam and Eve delighted in God and he delighted in them. We were made to live in God’s continual presence but after the fall, that ideal relationship was lost.
Only few people in the Old Testament times had the privilege of friendship with God. Moses and Abraham were called “friends of God”, David was called “a man after God’s own heart”, Job, Enoch and Noah had intimate friendship with God. But fear of God, not friendship was more common in the Old Testament.
Then Jesus changed the situation when he paid the price for our sins on the cross. Today friendship with God is possible only because of the grace of God and the sacrifice of Jesus.
Jesus said, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his masters’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
Knowing and Loving God is our greatest privilege and being known and loved is God’s greatest pleasure.
By Looking at the lives of God’s friend in the Bible, We learn 6 secrets of Friendship with God. Two of these secrets will be discussed in this review. The other four will be discussed in Day 12.
Becoming a Best Friend of God
- Through constant conversation– Friendship with God is built by sharing all your life experiences with him. Having a quiet time with God, attending church services is great but God wants more than an appointment in your schedule.He wants to be included in every activity, every conversation, every problem and even every thought.
“Praying without ceasing” means conversing with God while shopping, driving, working, or performing any other everyday tasks.
- Through continual meditation- A second way to establish a friendship with God is by thinking about his word throughout your day. By meditation we mean focused thinking. The reason God considered Job and David his close friends was that they valued his word above everything else.-Job 23:12; Psalm 119:97.
Friends share secrets and God will share his secrets with you if you develop the habit of thinking about his word throughout the day.