The other day my ex-husband and I had to talk to each other. It was strained at best. Gone were the days where we used to laugh together. I hardly know him anymore. He has different tastes in foods, a different style of dressing.
Later on I was reflecting on how we were married for over two decades, and had shared a life together. I called him my best friend, or, at least in my mind and heart he was.
I wonder if God feels that way about us. You know the feeling you have when you are newly baptized, and make the decision to give your heart and life to the Lord. Then life comes at you and you think “Where is God now? Does he not see what I am going through? Why isn’t He here for me? Does He not see what is happening in my life?”
At least those are the thoughts that have run through my head at difficult times. When life is tough you start to slip up. You are too tired to get up early and read the Bible, or maybe you’re too busy to pray, or go to church. Little by little you start slipping away.
Does God look at us and think how much he misses us? How He can’t wait for us to reach out to Him? Does He miss our voice and our talks that we had with Him?
13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
Jesus calls us His friends IF we do whatever He commands us. Because we are His friends He shares His secrets with us through the Word of God.
8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you doubleminded.
The definition of doubleminded from The Century Dictionary means “Wavering, unstable, unsettled, undetermined.”
For so long I lived my life as a doubleminded person. I didn’t realize whose I was, or how valued I was. I let others dictate how I should feel about myself. I felt like my world was gray, and other people’s world had vivid colors, something I lacked in my world. I didn’t realize that my self-worth doesn’t come from my husband, my friends, or my employer.
I had to renew my mind by reading God’s word.
And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
It has been a long road for me with of lots of mistakes, and many ups and downs. I have learned that even though friends, family and even spouses may turn on you, the Lord never will.
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Don’t let time slip away. Your eternal best friend is waiting to hear from you.