Friendship With God

July 8th, 2018 Adia Taliaferro

Hey guys! I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying their summer. This post I want to share with you something I was meditating on for devotion. I was talking to one of my best friends about hearing God’s voice clearly when we are seeking guidance. She shared a reading with me that made me think about Abraham’s relationship with God.

The author of the article made the point that that our relationship with God should not be about us just seeking Him for guidance. But that relationship with Him is about us fostering friendship.
That hit me hard. It’s not anything that I know or haven’t spoken to others before, or even prayed about for myself. However so often we can get caught up seeking for God’s guidance and direction that we miss treasuring Him and just simply enjoying friendship with Him. I was grateful for her sharing this with me because I have been so focused on doing and seeking God’s will for while that I haven’t really been just enjoying Him.

Abraham was God’s friend. God gave him that title. It wasn’t something that Abraham said about himself (Isaiah 41:8). What’s so special about God bestowing this title of honor on Abraham is what it actually meant. God didn’t say I’m His friend, but he is my friend. The focus of scripture is always about what God does for us and who He is to us. But there are are few that are cited as having caught God’s attention in a way where God feels like they have actually done something that delights His heart in a way that is not connected to a great act.  God called Abraham friend simply because he believed in Him and His righteousness. This allowed Abraham to enjoy God, and Abraham enjoying God allowed God to enjoy him.

The words for friend in both verses describe a person who is the lover of another with a deep intimate affection that is experienced by the other person. God experiences love from Abraham.  We have heard the term that God is the “lover of my soul”, but here God calls Abraham a lover of Him. That’s deep. The only way that this can happen is by faith. God didn’t view the love that He cherished from Abraham any different because of some of the choices he made out of fear. It was solely based on God enjoying Abraham because Abraham enjoyed God. 

Hebrews 11:6 tells us that we must draw near to God but faith. Abraham sought God’s friendship first above anything else. And by Him doing that God showed him what he had for him. He told him to get up and go to land that he would show him. It was God’s will for him to leave home. It required faith. Abraham didn’t even ask God for those directives. But, God gave them because of the friendship they had. He then promised him as son later on and the Bible says because he believed him he was counted as righteous and called God’s friend (James 2:28).

So the next time you are stressed about what to do and feel plagued with the many voices in your head while trying to figure things out, remember to take some time to focus on loving on God and letting him experience affection from you. He will guide you and make things clear to you. He’s not trying to hide Himself or His will. Enjoy God. Be One of His best friends.  Click here to listen and enjoy His presence.

Peace and God’s abundant blessings ❤️❤️❤️.

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