Isaiah wrote the following in his “Book of Comfort” that God used to comfort the people of Jerusalem during their 70 years in Iraq. God is speaking:
“But you, Israel, are My servant,
Jacob whom I have chosen,
The descendants of Abraham My friend.
You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth,
And called from its farthest regions,
And said to you,
‘You are My servant,
I have chosen you and have not cast you away:
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:8-10)
This promise that God would always be their friend to strengthen and help them was applicable to the Jews in exile 500 years B.C. and to His servants from all over the world now. What a thought to be considered the friend of God. It is how we are to think; asking ourselves the right questions such as,
Am I God’s friend?
Jesus put it like this:
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever–the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for he dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:15-17).
Jesus was talking to His apostles right before His arrest. They already knew they were God’s friend, they had these words from Isaiah. Now the promise was enlarged to include an indwelling of the Holy Spirit to help and strengthen them. They needed to ask themselves “Who Am I?” and remember these Old and New Testament promises.
Paul described the eternal state and condition of the redeemed when he wrote:
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:1).
Who am I? How am I to live are the questions. God’s friend, His servant, strengthen by His Spirit, under no condemnation, and able to live under His guidance instead of under the power and pull of your sinful nature is the “best” answer. Paul says it is your eternal state, your condition forever if you have faith in Jesus as your Savior and Lord. You are God’s friend forever.
How, then, do I face these worries I have for myself and others?
I am God’s friend. I don’t understand it. But it makes all the difference.
That is thinking like a Christian.
Even young children can be taught to think like a Christian. It takes your asking the right questions as you go through the normal day.