Recently in my devotionals I was tasked with writing down promises God has made me. In my experience He often promises to fill our biggest desires with his own riches. For me the biggest promise that comes to mind is that He promised to be my friend.
In John 15:15 Jesus tells His disciples the following:
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.
To me God has been a friend that understands me better than anyone else. Nights where I was hurt and couldn’t move from my bed, He kept me company. Times when I felt I’d never be good enough for the friends around me He made me experience His love.
The recent realization that I had about my friendship with Him though, is that He is always the same.
I have lost many friends to time and distance. We separate for a bit and when we meet again, the love between us is not the same. I know I personally can be quite upset when friends fail to keep touch with me.
God isn’t like that though. So many times, I have let my attention move away from Him, and I can go days without a prayer more intense than the thanks for my meal. Yet when I return to Him and pray again, He still loves me unconditionally.
That love He has for me doesn’t change just because I do.