Just as we all have friends at different times and places, God also has friends he interacts with and shares a relationship with.
Bible tells us that, Abraham was God’s friend. 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
Besides Abraham, God had many other friends, who interacted with Him just as we do with each other today.
Jesus also made friends with His disciples, making it known to them that though He was their Master, He wanted a relationship of friendship. “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 15:15.
This shows that God delights in having a friendship with us that would differ from the master-servant relationship that He deserves because of who He is.
In the same way, many of us have built varied relationships with God and we know our relationship with God based on how we relate to Him.
It would interest some of us to know, after assessing our attitude towards God, that we might not be called God’s friends or perhaps we are His fair-weather friends.
Some Christians are God’s fair weather friends. A fair-weather friend is the friend who considers you as friend only when he needs you. That type of friends gets close only when he sees that your weather is fair and his is gloomy.
Such friends come only to take and vanish when they realize you don’t have it any more. They are the friends who relate to you as a thief who believes whatever you own is his but what he owns is not yours. These are friends you cannot rely on in your difficult times since they wouldn’t be there for you.
Interestingly, many of us Christians are this type of friend to God. Since God always has a good or fair weather, we get closer to Him only when we need His fair weather to brighten our world; that is, when we have a gloomy weather. However, immediately we get the fairness from His weather, we vanish into thin air until the need arises again. If you relate to God in this manner, then you are His fair-weather friend.
There are Christians who are only cheerful and praise God when He performs a miracle for them. When they face difficulties, they forget that God deserves praises at all times and that a Christian must be cheerful all the time. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. Those were the assuring words of Jesus to us.
These words should keep us from complaining and murmuring when things are not going on well. When we complain and murmur in difficult times, we become His fair weather friends because we are saying He is only good when all is well with us. He ceases to be good in our difficult times.
The reason some Christians are God’s fair-weather friends is that, we think we only need God in our hard times. As a result, we have many Christians getting close to God when they are in difficult times only to relax when all is well. They fast and pray when they need something from God. That is the time they get serious with church and prayer services. Once they get what they want, it is over.
We flock prayer camps and move from one prophet to the other in search of God’s intervention but after we get it we forget about Him.
Prayer and other spiritual activities such as praises, worship, fellowship and the rest are the means by which we keep touch with God at all times and get our supply. Our lives desperately depend on them. Failure to keep to these spiritual activities would only result in spiritual death. “Pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
Friendship with God should be perpetual not occasional. The devil easily gets the errant Christian who keeps away from the rest of the flock.
Don’t seek God only when you think you are in need; you need Him at all times so seek Him at all times.
Your perpetual closeness to God guarantees you all the good things in His kingdom. Good friends are always by you; so must we be to God. He has a lot to give us. He wants our lives to be an example to others and a sign of His goodness.
He is not interested in His children hopping from one place to another. We need stability in our Christian lives and it takes perpetual friendship with God to have it.
Prayer should not be ceremonial as some of us do. It should not be a means to finding solution to our problems but rather a means of getting closer to God and letting Him know how we acknowledge Him as our Lord without whom we are nothing.
It is time to rebuild our friendship with God to be like that of Abraham who could negotiate the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah with God.
How beautiful it is to have the privilege of discussing with God what He wants to do and getting what you want through that lasting friendships!
Fair-weather friendship is not desirable to anyone and so it is with God. He only shows us His mercy else we would realize that He detests that type of friendship.
Try hard to be God’s lasting friend, not a fair weather friend.