How is God a Friend to Us? | Pearls of Promise

How is God a Friend to Us?

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I’m headed to a milestone birthday party for one of my closest gal friends tonight. When we first met almost twenty-five years ago, we had instant friend chemistry, my “sister from another mother.” Last night as we were sitting at dinner with her family, I had a melancholy moment. I realized this beautiful friend grew up in Pennsylvania, very near my estranged half-sister who I never had a sister relationship with.

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Many years ago, when I worked in New York City, I lived three hours away from my half-sister, an easy drive to the Exton area. I called her up and asked to get together. I desperately wanted to know her better.

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However, at age fourteen, my half-sister experienced trauma from our father’s death, two months before I was born, when our father dropped dead from a sudden heart attack while playing polo in San Antonio, Texas. He was only 39. After our dad’s death, my sister moved to Pennsylvania to live with her mother, so I never knew her. Unfortunately, I never did get to know her, because she wasn’t interested in seeing me, even for one meeting.

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The Lord already knew this was going to happen, so he provided another Pennsylvania girl to be like a sister to me. She’s a sister who knows my flaws and still loves me. I don’t wear any masks around her. I don’t fear being honest. We can talk about anything. We love to shop together, and even though we are separated by miles now, we still get together occasionally for a spin through the mall.

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Do you have a friend like this?

Now imagine God as this friend.

When we go into the Lord’s presence, he wants to be like a best friend. He desires for us to be ourselves. We might as well be transparent because he sees us as we really are anyway.

Jeremiah 17:10 says, “The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be” (The Message).

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So why even pretend? Why be someone you are not in God’s presence? I love letting my hair down in the Lord’s presence. I am thankful I am able to discuss every aspect of my life without fear of abandonment or judgment. I can praise, rant, cry, and laugh, all in one sitting.

Today I am thankful the Lord provides friends who stick closer than a sister or brother (Proverbs 18:24) and that He is the ultimate friend.

“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:5).

 

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