One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
– Proverbs 18:24
Proverbs lays out clearly the value and pitfalls of friendship. It can be such a powerful part of our lives, bringing good or influencing evil. Friendships that make us better are not only a gift from God, but are the very essence of His nature. The Trinity demonstrates this beautifully: perfect community bound together by powerful interactions of love.
Not only does God express companionship and interactive love within himself, he extends that love to us. In fact, this verse in Proverbs not only portrays the best earthly friend, but Heaven’s Friend who came to us to stick closer and lift us higher through his life and death. It is often beyond our understanding, but God longs for us to know him as a friend.
Think about it. Abraham was called the friend of God (James 2:23), Moses spoke to God face to face as a man speaks to his friend (Exodus 33:11). Jesus characterized his relationship with the disciples this way saying, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends…I no longer call you servants…instead I have called you friends” (John 15:13, 15).
The Lord who existed before time in perfect community desires to be your friend at this very moment in time. Family is stuck with each other, friends stick to each other, and one Friend came further and loved deeper to give us more than we could hope for: a forever place of friendship close to him in his heavenly home.
The Bible does not extend an invitation to know about the Lord. It invites us to know him; to know him and to see him in all of his grace and glory, making it powerfully personal. He gave everything to have you, not just as a follower, but as his friend. He quietly embraced the expense of the cross to be the kind of friend to you who would stay by your side forevermore!
Are you his friend today? Do you understand that accepting what Jesus has done for you is not about religion? It is a real relationship. If Proverbs 18:24 was translated literally from the Hebrew, it would read, “Many friends will shatter you, breaking you into pieces, but there is one who loves, who will remain closer than any other.” Isn’t that what we all truly long for: faithful, consistent, committed, accepting love? Knowing God is not about learning or doing more but coming closer. The Lord of the universe invites you in this moment to an intimacy more lasting than anything you have ever imagined. How are you cultivating that friendship with him?
Father God, you existed in eternity past in perfect union and communion, yet you have reached out to me in real time to love me as a friend! Forgive me for often missing the moment, and not walking in the wonder of your personal love and profound invitation to know you. Teach me how to be a friend to you, and how to extend that invitation to others in a way that they too can understand the depth, height, width, and length of your love. Thank you for sticking close to me; help me to come closer to you that I may know you as the best friend ever! In Jesus’ name, amen.
– Jill Rhodes