How much of a privilege it is to be a friend of God. I am not ashamed of being a Christian because the benefits are far beyond human comprehension. In Jeremiah 1:5 it says “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you”. This is so powerful. Our Father already knew us even before He created us. I cannot emphasize to you enough how Faithful God is and how much He desires for an intimate relationship with each of us all around the world. God does not show favoritism. He loves us all the same, and His friendship is so precious that nothing can ever be above Him.
When I ponder of my friendship with the Father, it is speechless. The other day I was reflecting on all He has done for me. I felt like I was losing my mind because I was filled with Awe about His authentic and selfless love. He cares so much that my words could not even express how grateful I was for who He is. There were blessings that I did not pray twice as hard for and still received it. What did I do to deserve such favor? God is so gentle that no matter how many times you fall, He is always there willing and waiting for you to run to Him. He wants to speak to you each blessed day when you wake up until the time you lay your head to rest.
The Father’s friendship is better than your best friend’s friendship. Believe me when I say that! No human being on earth should ever take God’s place; God first and everyone else behind. No one can love, care, embrace, forgive, bless and favor like God can. Money can’t do it, sex can’t do it, fame and fortune can’t do it; God is the real deal, and I strongly guarantee you today that if you allow Him into your heart, see how your life will dramatically change. Now remember that life won’t always be what you desire it to me, and it does not equate to the absence of God. When we encounter issues, we are quick to assume and say where were you, God, but all along He was there. God is not just with you in the good times, He is also there in the difficult times.
In the midst of silence and pain, the friendship of God comes alive; it is a shining light that brightens the day and makes your path straight. God’s friendship is overwhelming in that it does not have a limit. When I think about the goodness of God and what He has done for me, there are simply no words to thank Him. Some people are thankful that they found a parking space, some are happy that they bought their first car, others are happy because they bought the latest Gucci, bag.
But guess why I am happy? Because I am alive and well today, that the enemy did not try to steal my joy or peace, that the enemies I see today, I shall see them no more; all the people who wished for my downfall are nowhere to be found. And even though we live in the world full or different people – good and bad, what truly matters to me is that the Father’s friendship surpasses them all. No matter what anyone may plan against me, it shall never prosper. (Isaiah 54:17).
Look back over your life and see how far God has brought you. I used to take insignificant issues to heart, but I’ve gained strength and wisdom on how to handle them. He taught me how to fight, how to stand on my own two feet, how to not rely on people, how to be solely stable in Him, and more importantly to TRUST HIM. When you trust God, He reveals the unique plans for our lives. He shares secrets with those who put Him at the forefront. He doesn’t want second place, He deserves FIRST PLACE. God should be in the center of our hearts and in every situation. We are all relational beings and God Himself desires to have that intimacy. It is an opportunity for you to take and utilize it to your own advantage.
His friendship is expensive, so please do not take it for granted or put it on hold; show your keen interest. He will surprise you because that is what He is good at. Who are we that He is always mindful of us? He has our best interest at heart and shows it all the time. Whether it is through your quiet time with Him or going on the train to work, you will notice that each time God speaks in the most subtle way. He is not into giving us too much detail, however, He is always in the process of blessing His children because that is His nature.
Whether you are lacking intimacy with the Father, know that His arms are opened wide for you to run to. When we are stuck and run out of words, it is an opportunity for you to allow God to step in and take over. It is not an opportunity to run to your friends who are as broken and empty as you are, trying to get them to fill your void when they are looking for someone else to fill theirs. A deep level or intimacy should enable us to bold come into His Presence until His desire is granted.
Think of the last thing you prayed about – were you devoted to your desire or to God? Was your determination to get some gift of the Spirit for yourself or to get to God? “For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8). The reason for asking is so you may get to know God better. “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). We should keep praying to get a perfect understanding of His friendship and God Himself. Take His friendship with you wherever you go, and don’t let Him go. Keep the Father so close to your heart so that whenever an attack occurs, or you feel weak in Spirit, know that His Presence is with you. He longs to have a strong friendship and relationship with you so don’t take it for granted because some have missed the opportunity.
Refuse to be content with just the ‘knowledge’ of God, but ‘insist’ on experiencing His Friendship!