"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me."
Think of your closest friend. How much do you do together? If the friendship is deep you'll find many things click. Do you go to church together? Grab some shopping time? Fix each other a drink or some tea when things are bleak? Do you text frequently sharing your day? Do you take a talk-walk when needed? But one things for certain everyone agrees on - a close friend is always there when you call on them especially in need.
The picture you just drew in your mind gives you a concrete picture of how God can be a friend as promised. He is ready at a thought's notice to hear from you and speak to you as well. His passionate interest in you is seen in today's verse. "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me." He is always available, always waiting for us to call out for help, direction, or just some simple companionship.
In Isaiah 41:8 God called Abraham "my friend." This is echoed in King Jehoshaphat's prayer when he recalled that God had given the land to "Abraham your friend." (2 Chronicles 20:7) In Genesis 18 when the Lord with two angels visited Abraham he said to him, "I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son." Abraham took care of the angel's physical needs and then "walked along with them to see them on their way."
The Lord then said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?" He then told his friend that Sodom and Gomorrah would be destroyed for their sin. Abraham tried to reason with God in an attempt to spare the two cities from judgement. There are several characteristics of a great friendship here. One friend humbles himself and serves his visitors. Another friend grants a long-term request, and then the two speak. They listen to each other's needs. They understand each other's point of view. But most of all they are there for each other.
We have a similar relationship with God. It just requires us to move first. God wants a meaningful relationship with us. But he won't push down the door. He welcomes our prayers and visits with him. Yet, we must chose to open the door first. We must be a good friend and invite him in. Best of all, he understands us even on our darkest days that are riddled with lots of complaints. Spend some quiet time with God each day this week. Allow this friendship to blossom.