Friendship with God

August 6, 2021

Scripture Resource Passage: John 1

Loneliness challenges the heart. Isolated and without personal or divine connection, my soul’s dry dryness causes me to shrivel. We become unrecognizable. When life is a desert we look for water and shade from the noon-day heat lest spiritual thirst destroy us. 

Drink deeply. Jesus, the refreshing Water of Life is the One to Whom disciples call for refreshment. Fortunately, our brother John reminds us, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us (John 1:14). There is an unequivocal lack of divine judgment in the assertion.

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John will insist that Jesus encourages us to observe God’s presence bubbling as an ever-flowing spring (John 7:38). This soul-spring of refreshment resides within a disciple’s faith.

When refreshed by Him Who is the Water of Life we, the disciples, realize we are never-never-never alone. We are not isolated from the Father, the Son and Spirit. All this occurs and is captured in the phrase we first noted: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” The friendly plural pronoun causes us to rejoice, but also to ask, “Who are the us?”

There is more to being a disciple than private spiritual practice. There is more than your individual relationship with God. There is the community. The beloved, the identified, the peculiar people, the called-out—these are the disciples whom you know best. Sometimes we call them a church—a congregation.

Life Applications and insight from Helen Steiner Rice 

  • Today, what confirmation do you have that God is present?
  • How does the group of believers you know best, help you in times of loneliness?
  • How do you, within the group of believers you know best, help others when they are experiencing loneliness?

The Gift of Friendship

Friendship is a priceless gift

            that cannot be bought or sold,

But its value is far greater

            than a mountain made of gold—

For gold is cold and lifeless,

            it can neither see or hear,

And in the time of trouble

            it is powerless to cheer—

It has no ears to listen,

            no heart to understand,

It cannot bring you comfort

            or reach out a helping hand—

So when you ask God for a gift,

            be thankful if he sends

Not diamonds, pearls or riches,

            but the love of real true friends.

Thank you for reading. I look forward to seeing your comments and suggestions.

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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