God wants to be your best friend. The Almighty yearns for your friendship. This is honestly hard for me to understand but the Bible says, Exodus 34,NLT
… He is a God who is passionate about his relationship with you.
God desires an intimate relationship with us; that we all know him deeply. We ways sing that old hymn, ‘What a friend we have in Jesus’ but actually God invites us to enjoy friendship and fellowship with all three persons of the Trinity. Jesus said,
I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.
Friend in this case means a close, trusted relationship.
What does it when God wants me as a friend? According to Rick Warren, author of ‘The Purpose Driven Life,‘ we learn six secrets of friendship with God from the lives of God’s friends in the Bible.
1. Through constant conversation.
To grow and develop a close relationship with God, you just don’t attend church every Sunday or have a daily quiet time. We need to share all our life experiences with him. God wants to be included in all our activities, our conversations, our problems and our every thought. My version of the Bible says “Never stop praying” in Thessalonians 5:17,NLT
Do not cease been in constant conversation with God; fill him in with all the details of your life.
I tell my best friends everything that’s going on in my life. Good or bad; once they ask ‘How are you?’ Or ‘How has your day been?’ I can’t shut up until I’m done! Haha, this is exactly what God yearns from us. Don’t just schedule appointments for him at specific hours of your day. Involve him in everything you do.
Everything you do can be “spending time with God ” if he is invited to be part of it and you stay aware of his presence.
2. Through constant meditation.
When you think about a problem over and over in your mind, that’s called worry. When you think about God’s word over and over it’s called meditation.
It is not possible to be God’s friend without knowing what he says. You can’t love God unless you know him and you can’t know him without knowing his Word. Mediation means constant thinking and reflection of His word throughout your day. It is simply focused thinking, not necessarily some difficult ritual.
When you read your Bible take some time to review the truth in your mind.
We are very well advised to do so in
Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
The more time we spend meditating on God’s word the more we will understand the ‘secrets’ of this life that most people miss.
3. Choose to be honest with God.
We should be honest with God, especially about our faults and feelings. God doesn’t expect us to be perfect but he does insist on complete honesty. When you read the Psalms you find so many emotions: anger,doubts, fears, Thanksgiving and praise. This is what God expects from us. Utter honesty; even when you’re in doubt and anger and probably feeling like God is no longer on your side, go ahead and tell him. Rant him out. Do not let bitterness come between you two though, instead of hiding it from God. Tell him what it is you’re bitter about. He understands. He knows our hearts.
O lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
You know what I am going to say even before I say it, lord.
Guess what? Expressing doubt is sometimes the first step toward the next level of intimacy with God.
4. Choose to obey God in faith.
Every time you trust God’s wisdom and do whatever he says, even when you don’t understand it, you deepen your friendship with God.
You are my friends if you do what I command.
We are his friends but not his equals therefore we do what he asks of us out of love for Him and not out of duty or fear. Wanting to follow Christ should ne out of gratitude for what he has done for us. True friendship is active. We act, we serve,we forgive, we love others, we preach the Gospel. All these we do in obedience out of love.
After living on earth for thirty years, Jesus was baptized to mark the beginning of His public ministry. Here God spoke from heaven saying;
And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”
What had Jesus been doing for thirty years that gave God such pleasure and joy? It is summarized in a single phrase;
Then he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them.
All He did was be obedient!
5. Choose to value what God values.
What does God care about the most? The redemption of his people. He wants all lost children found!
When I make a new friend I’m usually quick to tell my other friends about them. Friends of God also tell their friends about God.
The more you become God’s friend the more you will care about the things be cares about.
Be passionate about what God is passionate about, like David said in
Passion for your house has consumed me, and the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.
Make God’s agenda your agenda.
6. Desire friendship with God more than anything else.
Truth is, you are as close to God as you choose to be. Intimate friendship with God is a choice not an accident. You must intentionally seek it. How badly do you want it? Is it worth leaving everything else?
Paul was very passionate about this as clearly put in
(10)My determined purpose is that I may know Him- that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him,perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His person more strongly and more clearly.
Wow, this is passion. I yearn for such passion to know the Lord.
There is nothing, absolutely nothing, more important than developing a friendship with God. It’s a relationship that will last forever. Remember, you are as close to God as you choose to be.