Israel Houghton has a song called “Friend of God”. When I first heard that song I thought it was an awesome concept that I had never explored before. I always pictured God as the one almighty Savior who is above everything and everyone. I knew He loved everyone but being friends with Him seemed too foreign to me. A friend is a person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection other than family relations. David was a friend of God. He knew Him well. He had nothing to hide from Him and He confided in Him all the time. He was very open with Him and He poured his heart out in the psalms. God being our friend, we should be able to openly talk to Him and share what’s in our heart just like David. However, some people see God more as an acquaintance than a friend. He is the person they visit on Sunday and they forget He exists by the next day. Being acquainted with God will bring limited results. We can’t get the fullness of His love and His blessings. We get shortchanged if we only seek to know Him partially. See the Lord as your friend. Build up the confidence to engage with Him as a person with whom you have a bond of mutual affection. He is high and above everything but He is never too high that you can’t reach Him. As a matter of fact, He is by your side and He never leaves your side. In John 15:15 Jesus declares “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.” He is a friend who wants you to know His business and the way He makes His business known to you is by the Holy Spirit. He doesn’t hide secrets from you. He wants to let you in on everything the Father tells Him. Get to know the Holy Spirit and you will get to know Jesus. Be friends with Him. Talk to Him and treat Him the way you treat your best friend.Now with God we have this double relationship where He is our Father and our friend. He is the parent that once He moves into our house, we don’t want Him to ever leave no matter how old we are. As a parent He expects to communicate with us regularly and He wants us to turn to Him first for anything we might need. He’s a “Good good father” like Kristian Stanfill sings. He watches over us day and night. Psalm 91 verse 1 of the Message version says “You would sit down in the high God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow.” A friend of mine from work told me that when she had her first born she would make sure that someone was watching her all night while she was sleeping. My friend would take turns with her husband and her brother so that someone would always be present in the child’s room throughout the night. Some people might see that as extreme but that’s what God does for us. He is our protector at night as an amazing father who loves us so much that He needs to look at us all night long just like my friend did. He is just so proud of His creation. Become more familiar with your Father and your best friend. The closer you get and the more you will want to introduce Him to people.
Suggested reading: Proverbs 17:17; Proverbs 18:24; James 2:23; 1 John 3:1