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Friend

Isaiah 41:8 (NLT)
   “But as for you, Israel my servant, Jacob my chosen one, descended from
Abraham my friend,”

Father, it is almost incomprehensible that you would call any man friend. I sense the inadequacy of the Psalmist who said: “What are people that you should think about them, mere mortals that you should care for them?” Psalm 8:4 (NLT)
Yet it was of a mere man you said: “…… Abraham my friend…. How extraordinary this man must have been. And yet this special relationship is within our reach through the same faith that Abraham exercised.

James 2:21-23 (NLT)
   21 Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. 23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God.

Father it was through Abraham’s faith that your friendship with him was formed. As I meditate on the word friend this acrostic comes to mind:

Faith is the trust of a friend. Reliable is the consistency of a friend. Intimacy is the passion of a friend. Educate is the learning aptitude of a friend. Not perfect is the honesty of a friend. Dedicated is the abiding strength of a friend.

Father through our faith in you we desire to be such a friend. And thank you Father that this friendship is possible and personal through our relationship with your Son Jesus, our Savior and Friend.

Amen

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