Do you know how to experience real friendship with God, or do you just have an occasional feeling of His presence? Has there ever been a time in your life when you felt so close to Him, so attuned to Him, that you did not need to ask Him for anything? Is that even possible?
I believe it IS possible to so be in love with God and to have such an intimate relationship with Him that you know what it is He wants of you.
Jesus’ greatest desire for His children is for us to be one with Him. If we are one with Him, we will know what the will of the Father is and from this base of understanding, we can make plans and decisions, confident that He is leading us. That is, unless we get a “check in our spirit”. By check in our spirit, I mean we just feel uneasy about the thing we are about to do or decide. We need to understand that before we ask, He knows our need.
When we are undecided about certain issues or directions, our tendency is to seek advice from our friends or anyone who is willing to listen. However, God says,
“As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as His anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit — just as it has taught you, remain in him.” 1 John 2:27 (NIV).
This does not mean that we cannot go to anyone else for advice, for God does speak through our spouse and friends, but people are not our final source. We need to reach a place where we make decisions from the wellspring of perfect harmony and friendship with God, knowing that if we turn on to the wrong path, He will be there to check us.
And, when He checks, stop at once.
Now, let me interrupt myself to clarify one thing: I am calling you to a vision of deep friendship with our God, King, and Creator. Oneness with Him is the fruit of a profound place of love for Him, and is an aspect of deep and mature Christianity. I am not suggesting that you abandon the wisdom of other mature believers, nor am I advocating any type of “Lone Ranger” Christianity. The Body of Christ and relationship with other believers is essential to the fullness of your walk as a Christian. Unfortunately, especially in the United States, we worship the god of individualism, and too often look for Biblical justification for our strong desire to do our “own thing.” That is not what I’m describing here. Instead, I want to open your eyes to the sweetness of a moment-by-moment sensitivity to His voice, whispered in your heart, and your willingness to rely upon Him for your every action and decision.
The key to true friendship with Him is to be driven to God Himself, not driven to have our own desires met. You are likely familiar with Psalm 37:4 —
Perhaps as you read this, you have thought to yourself, “Fabulous! He will give me the things I want.” However, I believe this passage to mean that if we delight ourselves in Him, He will place His desires in us. His desires will always come to pass, for they are not our wants and wishes but His. When we live this kind of life in oneness and friendship with Him, we can rest and relax under any circumstance knowing that He is our best friend and confidant and will never let us down.
Abraham believed God and was called the friend of God. From Abraham’s life, we learn that we need to live a life of faith in order for Jesus to be our best friend. We need to be convinced in our hearts that He will never mislead His friends or betray them. Friends always tell each other the truth and friends are often so close that they know the other’s thoughts before they are said. We shall know the truth simply because He is our Friend and friends tell each other their secrets all the time. When was the last time He told you His secrets?
The Bible tells us that the friendship with this world leads us to be separated from Him, for we cannot have both. Another biblical concept is that He is called “a friend of sinners” indicating that He is a special friend to all, no matter who we are or what we have done. I sense that God saying, “I chose you while you did not even know me and I have engraved your heart with the kisses of my love. Come to me and let me have your heart.”