by Rod Davis
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” (Isaiah 43:1b-2)
What do you think impresses God? Can He be impressed? After all, He is God! Is it possible for a mere mortal to do anything that makes the all-powerful God stand up and take notice? What catches His eye?
Is it hard work and dedication? Is it purity of walk—to abstain from wickedness and so forth, as many believe? Perhaps that’s what impresses Him. Maybe God’s impressed with people who have great skill, wisdom, or fame. Perhaps He’s captivated with someone who has a great deal of political clout? There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with any of these traits, providing we use them for the glory of God. However, God does not require from us such things in order to be accepted into His Kingdom. Man’s achievements and how well people may perform does not impress Holy God.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
I believe that the number one thing that God looks for in His people is faithfulness. He’s not exactly impressed with our toil or even our abstinence. As for our pledges, all too often they are dropped along the wayside shortly after they fall from our lips. After all, talk is cheap. No, God wants something more than our empty promises. He desires the same things that we all want in a relationship. Be it in marriage or in friendship, God wants faithfulness!
We want God to be there for us when we need Him, right? But have you ever considered that God wants you to be there for Him? He loves you deeply and that will never change. Because of the sacrifice that Jesus willingly gave for us, we can benefit from something that Abraham enjoyed.
And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. (James 2:23)
A friend will help you move. A really good friend will help you move a body! -unknown
If you find only one really good friend in your entire life, you’ve found one of life’s great treasures. Abraham was such a friend. He was God’s friend. What an awesome thing to be called, “God’s friend”. When you refer to someone as a friend you’re speaking of something much more than simply being on a first name basis.
True friendship is a marriage of sorts. A true friend is always there for you. You can depend on him to be faithful to your friendship no matter what the cost. A true friend sticks with you through heartache and pain, through the good times, as well as those times when your world crashes down around you. Other so-called “friends” will suddenly vanish from the scene at the time you need them most.
Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find? (Proverbs 20:6)
“…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” — Jesus (Matthew 28:20b)
In addition, a true friend will lovingly and prayerfully tell you when you’re wrong. Your other so-called “friends” will not. You can let your hair down and be yourself around a true friend. You don’t have to put up a good front, for your friendship is based on love and not performance.
A friend loves at all times… (Proverbs 17:17a)
True friendship can be summed up in one word—faithfulness.
Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. (1 Corinthians 4:2)
Paul said that we are “given a trust.” In other words, God is showing us that He trusts us. Imagine that; God has given us His trust. Isn’t that what friends do? Now, if we would be true friends to God we must show Him that His trust in us is not wasted. Don’t be afraid to be God’s friend. Do not give into the fear that you may let Him down. Remember, God’s your friend as well. As I stated earlier, true friendship is based on love―not performance.
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. (1 Timothy 1:12)