The Perfect Friend

By Tammy Skipper, Contributing Writer

Photo by Sean MacEntee

Our God is unchanging. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. When He introduced himself to Moses in the land of Moab, He said “Do not come any closer…take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” {Exodus 3:5}

The same God healed the paralytic let down through the roof saying, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.” {Luke 5:20}

How do we have an intimate relationship – friendship – with a God so holy that we cannot even stand in His presence?

The key is  remembering the truth about who God is, while we get to know Him better.

Think back to when you were dating your husband. You may have known where he worked, where he grew up, and his favorite kind of food. You still had a lot to learn about him when you exchanged rings, yet you made the commitment to a life-long relationship. Each anniversary celebration will include a deeper understanding of your husband’s character.

God reveals His character in His Word. Examples like Abraham, David, and Paul show us what a relationship looks like with God. When we take time to study the Scripture we can learn:

  • Qualities of God {Deuteronomy 4:31; Psalm 139:7; Luke 1:37}
  • What happens when we love God {Ruth}, ignore God {Jonah}, or run hard after God {David}
  • Why the God of the universe sent his son to die for each one of us {Mark 10:45}

We develop a deeper understanding of the holiness of our God when we take time to read the Scriptures, develop our prayer life, and act on the promptings of the Holy Spirit. As our understanding grows, so can our friendship with Him.

Ultimately it is these intimate acts of study and prayer with God that truly reveal the distance between our sinful nature and His perfection that was bridged through His sacrifice on the cross.

Jesus is the bridge between that holiness and our sinful nature, through belief in Him as personal savior. We cannot fully understand the complexity of this unique relationship with our Creator in this life. We can continue to grow in that relationship with intentional study and focused prayer time.

What reminds you of the holiness of God?