Friend of God (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 310)
James 2:23 (NLT)
Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith. He was even called the friend of God.
We all have friends. Some of them are fair weathered friends. Others are long distance friends. Still others are ride or die friends. The latter kind are with us until the end. They don’t stop loving us, knowing up, challenging us, or helping us when we need it. God desires for us to be his friend and he promises to be this always there, forever friend to us as well.
Surrounding yourself with people you can depend on and trust is crucial to making good progress throughout life. The people we choose to be around and allow into our lives must share our values, beliefs, and passions. The limits of friendship will be tested at one point or another. You will discover more about the people you allow into your life as your friends during these moments.
Scripture tells us what a friendship should look like. Friendship consists of two people being able to believe in each other, count on each other, and have the faith necessary to trust each other’s word and that each one has the other’s back. This is the picture of friendship. God considered Abraham to be his friend because Abraham believed God, knew he could count on God, and had faith in God’s promises. Likewise, God could trust Abraham to do what he called him to do.
The greatest friendship you can ever develop is with God. The belief and trust Abraham had in God took him down a path of faithfulness to God and an abundance of blessings as a result. God wants to be our friend. Ask God to help you focus on developing a relationship with him daily. He wants us to trust him and to believe that his promises are ‘Yes and Amen’. Building a friendship takes time and forces us to grow in amazing ways.
“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.”
— C.S. Lewis