Do you have a friend with whom you can risk sharing your secrets – even those of which you are ashamed? It’s good to have someone to whom you can unburden yourself when you struggle with issues in your life

A friendship like that can only be built on trust and mutual respect. It is risky to trust another person with your secrets. You would not share your heart with a new friend or a so-called “friend” who has betrayed your trust.

Trust betrayed makes one feel outraged, violated and deeply hurt. After an experience like this, it is difficult to trust anyone again, even those with whom one has trusted with one’s secrets in the past.

To be the confidante of a friend is a privilege which one should honour and a trust one should never betray. We should keep our mouths shut when a friend has shared a secret with us lest we inflict emotional wounds that may never heal by breaking the confidence.

Did you know that God also looks for people in whom He can confide? Why would He want to confide in fickle human beings who might easily betray His trust, when there is fellowship and confidence in the Godhead between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit?

As strange as it may seem, God created us to be a part of the intimate union between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus prayed that His disciples – we are included if we follow Jesus – be one with Him and the Father (John 17: 20-23).

Abraham was God’s friend. God shared His plan to destroy the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah with him and, because of his friendship with God, Abraham was bold enough to intercede for the people in the doomed cities. Although God carried out His plan, Abraham’s nephew, Lot escaped God judgment because of Abraham’s intercession.

There is one condition for friendship with God.

The Lord confides in those who fear Him; He makes His covenant known to them (Psalm 25:14).

God is willing to share His secrets with anyone who trusts Him, reverences and honours Him and obeys His Word. Very simply put, to fear the Lord is to recognise and acknowledge who He is and to hold Him in such high esteem that we take seriously what He says and does and honour His name and His Word through our obedience. That’s what Abraham did, even when God asked him to offer his son as a sacrifice.

Wouldn’t you like to be someone with whom God shares His secrets?

Luella Campbell

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