Does God Want A Friendship?
Friday, July 01, 2016
Scripture Reference: Jeremiah 31:3, Luke 13:34, John 15:15, Jeremiah 17:7,8
For thousands of years humanity has struggled with the idea of a Creator who is for us.
Over and over the misconception of a God who is more willing to punish us for our mistakes than to help us overcome them has overshadowed the truth about who He is. Yet Scripture clearly defines God’s intentions toward us.
Consider the following three verses:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” Jeremiah 31:3
“How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings.” Luke 13:34
“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends.” John 15:15
As revealed in these texts, there is no doubt of God’s deep yearning. He greatly desires a friendship with us, but for that to occur we must trust Him.
In his book Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis describes where the battle for trusting God starts.
“It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. And so on, all day. Standing back from all your natural fussing and fretting; coming in out of the wind.”
Trust is like a living tree. The deeper we are rooted in Jesus the more this connection helps our trust to grow.
“Blessed are those who trust in the LORD, whose trust is in the LORD. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7,8, NRSV
As the branches of a tree provide cool shade from the hot sun, trust serves as a covering that keeps us calm and secure.
Father in Heaven, thank you for being a God who is trustworthy. Help us to catch a deeper glimpse into your loving character so that we might approach you with confidence, casting our worries and cares onto you. Help us to capture the peace and security that comes from knowing you; knowing that you are near to us and that you care for us. We ask this in Jesus name, Amen.