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
God desires to be your best friend, your true BFF. In the Old Testament, only a few people were recorded to have friendships with God, a large majority feared Him. Then, Jesus came and changed that situation when He paid for our sins on the cross, granting us access to become friends of God. Romans 5:11 says, “So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.”
In John 15:15, we see that Jesus understood friendships involve sharing… He said, “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.” You have to understand that God planned the universe and the details of our lives so we could become His friends. Acts 17: 26-27 says, “Starting from scratch, He made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He’s not remote; he’s near.” We know God detests pride, yet He wants us to be proud of Him according to Jeremiah 9:24: “But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the LORD … and that I delight in these things. I, the LORD, have spoken!”
By looking at the lives of God’s friends in the Bible, we learn 6 secrets of friendship with God. We will look at 2 today, and the others tomorrow.
Through constant conversation: Sunday service AND daily devotions don’t cut it… by constant, we’re talking about sharing all life experiences with Him. God desires that we pray without ceasing. This means you pray when you dance, work, and drive. It’s even possible to pray when you talk. Prayer does not need to happen in a particular form, it’s possible to pray at every point. A wise man once said, ‘the key to friendship with God is not changing what we do, but changing the attitude with which we do it.’ To make this practical, you can choose to breath a short prayer phrase throughout the day: ‘God guides me.’ ‘I’m depending on You.’ ‘I long for Your presence.’ ‘I want to know You.’ We over-complicate things sometimes… constant communication with God is easy! If it helps, set reminders, and then soon enough, you will get into the habit!
Through continual meditation: God revels Himself through His word. It’s impractical to say you will study the bible all day, everyday, but it’s possible to mull over a verse you’ve read throughout the day. Meditation, like prayer, does not have to take place when you are in one specific ‘breath in and out’ pose. It could be by thinking about God’s word over and again in your mind. Psalm 25:14 says, “Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence him. With them alone he shares the secrets of his promises.”
Food for thought: What can I do to remind myself to think about God and talk to Him more often throughout the day?