Friendship with God
And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend. (James 2:23)
To know someone famous as a friend would probably give all of us something of a thrill. Just think – to be the friend of a film star, or TV personality, or millionaire philanthropist! How people might then sit up and take notice of us and want to be our friends too! But actually, we have an even better friendship than any of those: if you are a Christian, then you are among those who have a friendship with God!
Abraham was one of the first to be known as God’s friend. That meant that he had got to know God, that there was a closeness between them, that they shared their lives together. And as God’s promises became increasingly part of his life over the years, and as God Himself became more and more precious to him, so Abraham learned to trust God his friend Who had made him such amazing promises.
That’s why Abraham didn’t give up, even when everything seemed impossible and to be against him; that’s why he could pick himself up and start again when he tried to "help God out" and found he only made a mess of things; that’s why he could hang on to the very end. For what he had was not some dry religion or head knowledge of God; he had truly developed a relationship of friendship with Him.
Developing friendship with God is a key to experiencing His promises and to keeping going when things don’t seem to be working out. Like any friendship, it requires time spent talking and an openness of heart. Why not make today a day when – whatever you might be doing – you look to grow your friendship with God through sharing everything with Him as you go through the day and to opening your heart to listen to, and act upon, whatever He might have to say.
He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend. (Proverbs 22:11)
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