“Now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God–all because of what
our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us in making us friends of God.”
Romans 5:11 (NLT)
It took me a while to decide what my opening post would be on this blog. After much deliberation, I realized that this was an important idea that we all need to know, and for some, to be reminded of: the fact that God desires us to be His friends. God is literally jealous for our friendship with him:
“…for I the Lord your God am a jealous God . . . showing steadfast love to
thousand of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
Exodus 20:4, 6 9 (ESV)
Unlike social life or media, our relationship with God doesn’t come easy, and we must work at it every day. For most people, though, God is a forgotten friend. We tend to put him in the backseat of our lives, rather than the front seat, where He is meant to be.
How many times have you ever felt like you were forgotten by your friends, by your family, by your significant other? It hurts, right? The idea that you aren’t important enough to be asked to go hang out. It’s the complete opposite with God. For all the times that you were “ditched” or not remembered, God was there. He is patient for our love, and for our steadfast attention to Him. I think we should all feel blessed and grateful to have such a loving God.
Countless times we are shown friends of God in the Scripture. Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, and the list goes on. Here is a few examples:
- After deciding to start the world over, Noah and his family were the only humans God chose to spare from the flood because “Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:8)
- In James 2:23 it says “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness–and he was called a friend of God.”
- In Exodus 33:11, the Word states that “the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.”
- After Moses died, God promises Joshua that He will always be with him:”Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
- David is known for being the man who “was after [God's] own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:18)
The list doesn’t end there, and He calls us to join it each and every day. God is not a friend you lose when you trespass against Him, He is not an acquaintance, but He is our Creator, our Savior, our Rock.
God loves us so much that He came in the form of a man to show us. He gave us Jesus Christ, His only son, to come to Earth and show us how to live his Word. Eventually, because of our human nature, Jesus died for our sins, the ultimate sacrifice and gift to humanity. Romans 5:8 makes this very clear: “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
I can think of no greater love shown to me. The fact that God sent His one true son to die for my sins on the cross is breathtaking. Jesus even says so himself in John 15:13:
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”
God gave us Jesus so that one day we can all be with Him once more in Heaven, and for eternity. While we continue to sin against our Creator, He patiently waits for us to give our lives completely to Him. I can’t say it enough, God loves you.
I really am excited for all the people who will read this, and I hope that you all may come to know the Lord our God as we are meant to. We wouldn’t deny our earthly fathers love, so why would we our Heavenly Father, who gave us this life?
“So we have come to know and to believe the love God has for us.
God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and
God abides in him.”
1 John 4:16 (ESV)