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Our Friendship With God

by Robert J. Young
©, 2003, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

Is it significant that only one man in all of Scripture is called the friend of God? That designation is reserved for Abraham. In Isaiah 41:8, God refers to Israel as his servant, Jacob whom he has chosen, as descendants of Abraham my friend. James 2:23 says, "And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the friend of God." Abraham, the father of the faithful, is the friend of God.

Against this later designation, the words of Genesis 18:17-19 become more poignant: Then the LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him."

This text encourages us to pursue more diligently a relationship with God as friend. Several facets of friendship with God are in view.

God has chosen us; God guides us. He can bring about in our lives his promises. He knows our needs. Let us pray to know God better. Perhaps we can be friends of God too.

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