Romans 5:10 (NLT)
For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.
We use the word “friend” for so many things – from the closest of personal relationships to following someone’s posts on Facebook – from the deepest to the shallowest of relationships. The word David uses in Psalm 25 is much more precise: the Hebrew word“sod” expresses enduring closeness, trust and openness – the “intimacy in which secrets are revealed”.
I know my part of that friendship is built on complete trust in him. I know that even though he knows my inner-most thoughts, my relationship will be strongest if I am completely open and honest about even my deepest secret.
When I think of God’s side of that friendship, the closeness is obvious, but I hadn’t thought so much of him trusting me with his secrets. He freely reveals himself and his thoughts to his people. The second half of the verse gives voice to that: “he shares the secrets of his promises”.
In Romans 5, Paul uses another interesting and very specific word for “friendship”: “katallasso” means restoring a relationship of favour and blessing that has been disrupted by an offence. Rejection of God looks like it’s the natural starting point for people, but its not. It’s the offence that disrupts the relationship we were made for (and Jesus dies to remove that). Friendship with God is our natural state. We only become fully ourselves again when that friendship is restored. And this is part of God’s unfolding plan to restore all creation (Colossians 1:20).
Thank you, Jesus, that you made us from the beginning to be in that wonderful intimate relationship with you of friendship and trust where we share ourselves and our deep secrets. And thank you, Jesus, that you died to restore that relationship. Fill my day with free and natural conversation with you – in the intimacy of sharing inner-most secrets. Reveal yourself to me today.
Written by David Cornell