In John 15:14-16 Jesus said,
“You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”
Consider that! Jesus Christ, The Lord of Heaven and Earth, the One True god and King of kings not only calls you a friend, but He chose you to be His friend. And God is always with you. No matter what you go through or what you do, God will never abandon you. You may walk away from Him, but He won’t give up on you.
Deuteronomy 31:6 records that promise.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
God is holding onto you. You are safe in His Hands. And there is nothing and no one that can force you away from Him. In John 10:27-30, Jesus said,
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
You can talk to Him anytime. God is always there for you. He wants you to talk to Him. He understands and He wants to help. In Hebrews 4:14-16 Jesus is described as our High Priest, those verses say,
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
God is with you, not just close to you, not only near to you but actually in you! John 14:15-20 reads
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.”
That is amazing! Believer, you do not have to feel alone, God is with you. He is in you and you can talk to Him anytime about anything.
I am not knocking the importance of friends or fellowship. The Bible has a lot to say about that as well. You are an important part of the Body of Christ, the church. You have Sisters and Brothers all over the world. We are commanded to love one another, (John 13:34-35), hangout with one another, praise God together, go to church together, (Hebrews 10:24-25), help each other (Galatians 6:2), and be united in mind and Spirit. (1 Peter 3:8).
If you do not have a church family, you are missing out on a huge part of your Christian walk. I encourage you to find a church and become a part of them. My church family are some of the most important people in my life. We don’t just meet once or twice a week for “church”, we enjoy life together. They are my friends, my brothers and sisters, they are people who I could not live without.
Don’t give into the lie of loneliness, when the fact is, as a child of God, you are NEVER alone. And if you are not content with having The Lord of Lords as your friend, you will never be content with anything. This is a beautiful promise, and truth. Praise God for His friendship.