I have had many friends in my life, ones from childhood, from my school years, university days, and adulthood. Many of these friendships waned, not for bad reasons, but simply because we moved on with our lives in career, location and life. I have had a few unhappy friendships with people I cared for but who used me for their own purposes, then dropped me when I was no longer useful to them. Yet, I am fortunate to have a small group of faithful friends of many years, who love me for who I am and see the good in me, even when I cannot see it myself.
The best friendship to have is with God. The apostle Paul speaks of this friendship, bought at a great price, in ~Romans 5:10-11~. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of His Son while we were still His enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of His Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends with God. (ESV) God’s anger against ungodly behaviour and my lack of righteousness was placed on Jesus as my substitute. In this dramatic way, even while I was His enemy, He reconciled me to God, and the blessings I receive are all the greater for it.
No eye has seen how He saw me;
Alone, afraid, apart.
My own friends were afar or gone,
He loved me from the start.
O Lord, You gave Yourself for me,
Your only Son to send.
When I was still Your enemy
By grace made God my Friend.
We all can have a brand new relationship with our Father God, not through any good things we do, but because the Lord Jesus has made us friends with God. Some friends on earth may desert or disappoint us, but there are others who pray for us in loving support. Our Lord is a Friend who will never let us down or leave us; instead He has made a promise. “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV)
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your loving and eternal friendship. We acknowledge what this friendship cost in the sacrifice of Jesus for our sins, so we could be reconciled with You. May we be a blessing to our friends on earth with good deeds and prayer, and bless Your name for being our never-ending Friend. Amen.