28 • Friends of God
Most people have or have had a best friend; someone with whom they share everything, even their deepest fears and secrets. God’s Word states that God knows our secrets (Romans 2:16). He is all-knowing (Psalm 139:1-6). He knows everything about everyone living now and about everyone who has lived in the past. There is nothing hidden from God! Everything will eventually come to light. Jesus said in Luke 12:2-3 that ‘there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be made known.’ He even knows the details about the future. God also knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). It is difficult for us to understand or comprehend that such a Being could exist but that is what the Bible reveals about God. He knows what you are going to say even before you say it! He knows what you are going to do tomorrow (Psalm 139:1-6).
Remarkably, Abraham was called the friend of God in James 2:23. But Abraham was not an exception to the rule. If we believe in Jesus as our personal Saviour and King, then we are children of Abraham (Galatians 3:7). Jesus called His disciples ‘friends’ after they came to know Him, because of what He revealed to them about Himself (John 15:15). Believers are friends of God Whom they can talk to at any time! If a Christian is angry, sad, happy or anxious, God knows all about it; so, if you are a believer, why don’t you talk to Him about your life and problems (Philippians 4:6, 7)? When you have a close relationship with someone, you tend to share your secrets with that person. God shares His secrets with His children (Jeremiah 33:3).
If you are a Christian and you read the Bible you will come to know God’s secrets. In a sense it is a dangerous thing to get close to another person, because you don’t know if you can trust him/her with your secrets. What if that person tells your secrets to the whole world? It is safe to trust God, because He forgives our sins if we trust in Jesus and He won’t tell the world our secrets if we belong to Him. The Bible says in Psalm 103:12 that He removes the sins of His followers as far from them as the east is from the west. He even forgets His children’s sins (Isaiah 43:25)! Micah 7:18, 19 reveals that God does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. He will have compassion on His children and cast their sins into the depths of the sea.
The great question is: Can we be trusted with God’s secrets (John 2:24)? Jesus doesn’t commit Himself to all human beings, because He knows what men are like. One of Jesus’ disciples, Judas, knew God’s secrets and he was one of Jesus’ close friends (Psalm 40:9); but he betrayed Jesus to the Roman authorities before He was crucified about 2000 years ago (Mark 14:10, 11, 43-45). Although Judas knew Jesus personally, he turned his back on Him. After Judas had betrayed Jesus, he realized that he had done wrong but found no way to repent so he hanged himself, he committed suicide (Matthew 27:3-10). Obviously, God doesn’t want us to be like Judas in betraying Him or committing suicide because of our sins. Even if we let God down, He is still there for us if we turn to Him for help (John 6:37). Peter, who was also one of Jesus’ disciples, disowned Jesus three times (Matthew 26:69-75). He made as if He didn’t know Jesus after Jesus was arrested by the Romans. But Peter repented and God restored him (John 21:15-19) and used him as one of His beloved instruments (Acts 2:14-39).
Question and truth to consider: Can God trust us to be His friends with whom He can share His plans, thoughts and secrets? Not being His friend means being His enemy. In fact, there is no neutral ground with God – you are either His friend or His enemy. Jesus said: ‘He who is not with Me is against Me’ (Matthew 12:30).
Read: Romans 2:16; Psalm 139:1-6; Luke 12:1,2; Isaiah 46:10; James 2:23; Galatians 3:7; John 15:15; Philippians 4:6,7; Jeremiah 33:3; Psalm 103:12; Isaiah 43:25; Micah 7:19; John 2:24; Psalm 40:9; Mark 14:10, 11, 43-45; Matthew 27:3-10; John 6:37; Matthew 26:69-75; John 21:15-19; Acts 2:14-39; Matthew 12:30.