The two words just don’t seem to go together. What in the world does ‘friend’ and ‘fear’ have to do with each other? We don’t normally think of ‘fear’ when we think of a ‘friend!’
My best friends in high school, Carl and Tony, do not make me think of being afraid. I think of some happy times together, times we got in trouble together, and standing in for each other’s weddings.
But David, the psalmist, says:
The LORD is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant. My eyes are always on the LORD, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies. Psalm 225:14-15 NLT
A healthy respect and holy fear for the awesome Creator of the universe and Redeemer of our souls from hell is the prerequisite for friendship with the LORD Himself.
Who could be a better Friend? It is amazing God would or could be our Friend?! Certainly we can easily see Him as our Judge, Creator, and Master. But could He really be our Friend?
The perfect Son of God, Jesus, who is always in perfect union with the Father said:
I no longer call you slaves because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. John 15:15 NLT
Isn’t that just like a friend, to confide in you all the intricate details of one’s life! Jesus says we are his friends and has told us everything the Father has told Him. Wow, what a friend we have in Jesus. That reminds me of a song!
A line in the great hymn by Joseph M. Scriven written in 1855 says:
Can we find a friend so faithful, Who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness; Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Jesus is our friend if we have a healthy, fearful, holy, reverent trust in Him! Walk with your Friend today! Talk with your Friend today!
Our Father, we gladly bow before you in total respect and reverence. Thank-you for confiding in us as your friend through Your Son Jesus. We commit ourselves today to walk and talk with you as our Friend.