“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Prov 18:24 ESV)
Think of your very best friend. That one person you share EVERYTHING with. They know your past, your present and the dreams you have for your future. You talk about your worries and struggles. You can’t wait to tell them about your triumphs. When you need to cry it out, you have them on speed dial! Y’all are rocking the words of Galatians 6:2….carrying burdens like it’s nobody’s business. Seriously, nothing is off limits with your person.
Smiling yet? Yeah, me too.
I never hesitate to talk with my friend. I will go off on a rant about what’s bothering me with no hesitation. I’ll ask for her opinion on day-to-day issues and life changing things too. It has never crossed my mind that my insignificant stuff may sound whiny to her because we’re friends, and that is what real friends do for one another….they share life. All of it. The good, the bad, the ugly and the downright messy.
This morning during my devotion, I came across this Scripture in Philippians:
“Don’t worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks for what you have.”(4:6 ERV)
Everything? Seriously? I am guilty of not taking all my needs to the Lord. In my mind, I feel silly bothering the Almighty with my more trivial needs. I picture God sitting on His throne with a backlog of prayer requests and then my seemingly silly need shows up on his desk and he rolls his holy eyes. But, did you know the Bible says He is a jealous God? He wants to be first in our lives. When you have something to celebrate, fuss over, cry and scream about…He’d like for you to do that with Him.
Here is my struggle, when I do this with my friend, I can see her face and read the empathy in her expressions. I can hear her voice when she offers feedback. If I need a hug, her touch is tangible. Not so with God. Sometimes I find it difficult to pour out my heart to someone whose voice is not audible to me or whose embrace I cannot feel. I’m just being real here.
This is why it is so important to stay in His Word. It offers us the encouraging words we need to hear. The depth of His love for us leaps off the pages. The Bible give us understanding and peace in our hearts. Even if we can’t see God’s face, we can feel that He cares for us by the promises that overflow from Scripture.
“And because you belong to Christ Jesus, God’s peace will stand guard over all your thoughts and feelings. His peace can do this far better than our human minds.” (Phil 4:7 ERV)
It’s not that God doesn’t want us to have friends, He does. He knows that we need each other to do life. That is why we are instructed to “consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”(Heb 10:24-25 ESV) However, He wants the number one spot, the Best Friend Forever title.