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A Trusting Friend

“‘Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness.’ And he was called the friend of God.”

(James 2:23, NKJV)

If you ask most people what they think makes a good friend, they would probably say something along the lines of “someone you can trust.” Now, James calls Abraham a friend of God, but God didn’t consider Abraham a friend because He could trust Abraham. Rather, He considered him a friend because Abraham trusted God, so God’s answer to the question of what makes a good friend is “someone that trusts me.”

A young lady we fellowship with recently said a simple but profound statement: “I like when people trust me.” How true of all of us! When someone knows you well enough to entrust you with something you can actually be faithful with, then real friendship is developing. It’s no different with God. John is quite clear in chapter two of his gospel that, because Jesus knew the hearts of all men, he wasn’t at all concerned about finding people he could trust. He wanted people who would trust him. Elsewhere, Jesus Himself spells it out when He said, “when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” So God sees as the mark of friendship not whether He can trust us, but rather whether we trust Him.

Friends know each other. God already knows me completely, so the only way my friendship with Him develops is if I get to know Him better. This is not to be confused with knowing about Him; that sort of knowledge can be cold and impersonal, existing in a total absence of relationship. If I really know Him, then I will trust Him. If I trust Him, then I, too, will be known as a friend of God.

Warmly in Christ, Fred Swartz

For Reflection:

“When the Son of Man comes will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8, NKJV)

  1. When did someone demonstrate friendship with you by trusting you?

  2. What act of trust is God calling you to do to demonstrate the reality of your friendship with him?

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