It is certainly safe to say that most, if not all of us value our friends, and know how important it is to have friends in our lives we can depend on. We may all also agree, friends should add to our happiness and give us comfort when things are going wrong. I am also fairly certain some of us can name at least one person, someone special we consider our “best friend,” maybe even our “best friend forever” the one person we can turn to when the going gets really tough no matter what, the one person who will not judge us, the one person we know will be there when we are not sure anyone else will understand or be there for us.
Unfortunately the word “friend” much like the word “Love” is over used and undervalued in our society being tossed around too freely these days. Everyone seems to be considered some level of a friend, from the person you’ve known for years, to the checker at the grocery store, to the random requests from people on Facebook. What is a true friend anyway? We probably all have our own definition of a friend. For me, it’s someone I don’t feel alone with. Who doesn’t bore me. To whom I feel comfortable turning to when I need to be talked off the proverbial ledge, and for whom I am glad, even honored for the opportunity to reciprocate.
While most people I know have at least one of those attributes, I will say all of those things can be attributed to only a few people in my life. Then there is that second tier of friends. Although, I like and care about them, consider them all friends, they are not privy to my deepest thoughts.
For me, the truest and “best friend” I know is God. He is the only one I can be sure of in every situation, good or bad. His friendship is eternal, never-ending, and always puts my own interests first. Do you feel that deep and abiding friendship with the Lord? If you haven’t experienced it yet, you are missing out on the most rewarding and trustworthy friendship you can and will ever have.
You see, God is your friend, no strings attached, nothing, He just is. Without expecting anything in return other than what should come very natural your love. He does not require your help, He won’t ask for favors, hold anything over your head, bring up old issues, and He does not need you to prove anything to Him. Simply love Him. In return, He will always be there for you – always. There is no friendship on earth that can compare to that kind of eternal friendship.
“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” – Hebrews 8:12
Often our childhood friendships for the most part fall away for one reason or another as we become adults. As we move from singledom to being married, we lose some of our high school and college friends and make new friends with other people who are married and have children. Throughout life as our interests and our circumstances change, our friendships also change. And sometimes friendships end because of betrayal, hurt feelings or misunderstandings.
But God does not change with our circumstances, He is our friend and our guide no matter whether we are single or married, young or old, rich or poor. He considers us friends He even shares His plans with us. He will also give us as many chances as we need. If we make mistakes, He will forgive us and still love us and remain our friend, always ready to protect us, shelter us and lift us up so long as we are willing to let Him.
“Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you.” – James 4:8
It’s reassuring to know that the Lord is the kind of steadfast and loyal friend that will always be there for us whenever we need Him. No matter how far we stray from Him or turn our back on Him, as long as we return and ask for His guidance, we can remain secure knowing that He will be there for us. We won’t ever have to ask ourselves, “Have I made one too many mistakes? Is this the time that I can’t be forgiven?” God’s friendship and love isn’t like that – He doesn’t keep score. There is a passage that explains it very clearly:
“He offers his friendship to the Godly.”-Proverbs 3:32
The passage from Proverbs is very direct and simple; there are no restrictions put on what God expects from His people. If you are a Godly person, He offers His friendship. You don’t have to be perfect, or give a certain tithe, or go to church every Sunday, or always be the best you can be. And He does not put a restriction on how or when He offers His friendship. It is a whole-hearted, unrestricted offer of friendship to all Godly people with no limits that is so simple and yet so abundant in its richness.
” I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” – John 15:15
Who is your best friend? Consider making God your “best friend forever” – you will soon learn that He is the One, the only One, you can count on every day, in every way, until the end of time. What better friend can you ask for than that?