Tuesday, February 6, 2018

God, Your Friend

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

How do you see God? Seriously, what is your perception of Him? Do you see Him primarily as the Sovereign, a King? True, He is the King of all. But thinking of God only as a King may make Him seem to be unapproachable, distant.

Do you see Him as a judge? True again. He will judge the living and dead. But those who see him primarily as a judge may have a tendency to cower before Him in fear and trepidation.

How about a friend? Do you see God as your friend? 

I think many Christ followers don’t relate to God as a friend, especially when it comes to exposing your heart to Him. Since we all have human frailties, faults, failures, and an on-going struggle with sin, we find it difficult to take them to the King or to the Judge. But it’s not nearly as difficult to do with a friend. 

As you think about your views of God, don’t forget to add “friend” into the mix. Talk with Him like you would to your best friend, freely and honestly. Share everything with Him, your successes and, yes, your failures too. Don’t sugar-coat your failures or foibles to make them more palatable. Give them to God, your friend, just as they are.

When you relate to God this way, you will begin to experience a closeness and intimacy with Him, and the divine help that comes from it.

A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18.24

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