“I have never called you ‘servants,’ because a master doesn’t confide in his servants, and servants don’t always understand what the master is doing. But I call you my most intimate friends, for I reveal to you everything that I’ve heard from my Father.”
John 15:15, The Passion Translation
Do you have a best friend?
I am blessed to have several people in my life, that I consider good friends. But there are only a few who really know me. They know more than my favourite song, my passions, my likes and dislikes. They know my heart.
Jesus called his disciples his “most intimate friends”. Why? Because they knew him. Not only did they know him, but they knew his Father. They knew the heart of the Father, because Jesus revealed it to them.
Before Jesus stepped into history, Abraham was called a friend of God. His friendship and faith in God was enough to make him righteous (James 2:23). Moses was also, a good friend of God; Exodus 33:11 says that the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, “as one speaks to a friend.”
Did you know that God still speaks to us, as one speaks to a friend?
2019 ended in a heart wrenching loss of a dear friend. Broken hearted, with questions too heavy to utter, I closed my bedroom door and put on some worship music. As I worshipped my God, in spite of this tragedy, tears started flowing and I could feel His heart. I knew his heart was broken too. That he was familiar with the pain I was feeling. As one song changed to the next, a 5 second advert interrupted my worship time: a line from Queen’s famous song: “you’re my best friend!”
In that moment, I knew that God is not just a sovereign, majestic, ruler of all. He is not just a God who is “up there”, watching us from a distance, deciding to bless us when we’re good and withhold his blessings when we’re not. He is a friend, right here, who is with us when our hearts are breaking and our reasoning minds can’t make sense of this life. He is with us in our pain, our discomfort, our confusion. He is not just a friend, but an intimate friend.
My prayer is that my identity will be rooted in my friendship with God. He knows my heart, but I’m not always so confident that I know Him in such an intimate way. Like Moses, I want Him to speak to me, “as one speaks to a friend.” I want to know is heart. His heart, revealed in Jesus. His heart, revealed in the Word made flesh. His heart, revealed as He speaks to me, in the secret place.
Today, I declare that I am a friend of God. He speaks to me, as one speaks to a friend. He is revealing his heart to me.
Today, I hear my Friend say: “You are my intimate friend. I am with you always. In the celebrations and disappointments. In the breakthroughs, and the heartbreaks. I long to speak to you too, as one speaks to a friend. I WILL reveal my heart to you, as we spend time together in the secret place.” ❤