We all need a friend—someone we can turn to, talk to, and even cling to if necessary. Sometimes friends are family members. Sometimes they’re co-workers, or schoolmates, or neighbors. When you have a friend, you know you are loved, and the days seem brighter.
But not everyone has a friend. Many people go through life with the sinking feeling that no one really cares in a special way for them. It is a lonely, haunting feeling.
To anyone like that—and actually to all of us—let me suggest the ultimate Friend. He is the Lord God, the One who, far more than any human acquaintance, can meet our deepest companionship needs.
When we consider all that God does for us, it’s obvious that He is our greatest Friend. In Psalm 145, we read that God upholds all who fall and raises up all who are bowed down (v.14). He gives food in due season and satisfies the desire of every living thing (vv.15-16). God is righteous in all His ways and gracious in all His works (v.17). The Father is near to all who call on Him in truth (v.18). He fulfills the desire, hears the cry, and saves those who fear Him (v.19). And He preserves all who love Him (v.20).
God is the ultimate Friend. You can depend on Him.
We have a Friend who'll never leave,
Who's closer than a brother;
He's there to meet our deepest needs,
To comfort like no other. —Sper
Only God can fill the emptiness in the human heart.