Day 11: Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence Him.
Rodney Atkins has a song called “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” The whole thesis behind the song is that, when you are going through a tough time in your life, the people who show up to help you out when you need it the most are your true friends. Have you ever been in a bind? Have you ever been in a really tough time when you needed someone to help you out? Who showed up? Did anyone show up?
I have been there. One time I was flying back from Boston to Greenville, South Carolina and I missed my connecting flight in Atlanta. I was stranded at the Atlanta airport needing help getting back home to Greenville. However, everyone I called either didn’t answer or couldn’t come to pick me up. I finally got a hold of a friend who was willing to make the 2 hour drive one-way to come pick me up so I could spend the night in my own bed and not at the airport.
Now this was a sign of true friendship. Jesus says this in the gospel of John:
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15:13-15 NIV)
When everyone else in life abandons you, Jesus says “I won’t abandon you.” He won’t leave you stranded where you’re at. Jesus came down, died for you, in order to pick you up. Because of His great love for you, it compelled Him to action. When you’re down, He will pick you up. When you’re in need of help, He will reach out His hand. When you’re hurting, He will stretch out His healing. He calls you friend.