Yesterday, I had a good conversation on the telephone with a longtime friend. He called me from an airport where he was waiting on a flight. I don’t talk with him often. However, he is a friend who I’ve known for years and so we are able to talk very honestly and candidly about life even though our conversations are not frequent.
On Thursday, another friend called me in the middle of his day just to "check in" and see how things were going. My friend (who is a very busy person) called me from his office. He said a few affirming words over the telephone and then read to me a brief but wonderful story. The conversation probably lasted six or seven minutes but was very encouraging. He does this kind of thing quite regularly.
Then I think of two other friends. One lives in Dallas and the other in Alabama. I call them regularly to check in, and they do the same. Both are great guys and longtime friends.
I’ve been thinking about these friends and this morning came across a wonderful line in Psalm 25:14. "The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant." (English Standard Version)
Now imagine that! "The friendship of the Lord." What a wonderful line! It is even more wonderful to realize that he has an interest in being a friend to me. Yes, he is sovereign, majestic, holy, and one who cannot be contained. Yet, he is also near, loving, and knows the number of hairs on my head and yours. Now he refers to the possibility of a real friendship with himself. Incredible!
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