Abraham: God’s Friend
““Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.” (Jam 2:23, ESV2011).
Abraham’s life was marked with his friendship with God. His was not just a religion but a radical trust in God. His journey started in Genesis 12 as he stepped into the unknown in obedience to God. For the rest of his life he was always depended on God for protection, guidance and provision. Although, he was a wealthy man he was also a broken man before God. He was a stranger in strange countries, unable to protect himself and unable to have his own children. Although he had many workers, he did not seem to have many friends. Even his wife could not fully share and support his faith and obedience to God (Gen 18:10-15). Abraham was a strange and broken man. His extra ordinary faith and obedience to God made him even more strange and lonely at times. However, in the midst of all, God became his friend (Isa 41:8). So much so that God would visit Abraham and discuss His plans with him (Gen 18). As a faithful friend, God sustained him, protected and guided him throughout the years.
Similarly, your faith and obedience to God might make you unpopular, strange and lonely. Remember then, who called you, who sustains and guides you. God is your eternal friend. Trust in Him and pour out your heart to Him.