God shares His secrets with His friends. I can't recall who first told me that, but the saying hasn't left me since. God, an infinite being who needs no one, humbles himself to consider humans worthy of friendship. Psalm 25:14 says, "The LORD is a friend to those who fear Him. He teaches them His covenant." Yahweh God considered a man named Abraham a friend. David, a prophet and king was a friend of God. In Matthew 11:9, Jesus is spoken of as a friend of sinners. Even though God doesn't need friends, for some reason He desires them.
As someone made in the image of God, I value friendships as well. When I got married, I had ten bridesmaids. Each beautiful bridesmaid was someone I've cultivated a friendship with over time. Thankfully, the ten ladies who graciously stood next to me when I said 'I do' are only a portion of the friends I've been blessed to have. In my 35 years on this earth God has given me quality friendships with remarkable people. When I married my husband, I knew I was entering into a different and new kind of friendship. I was saying yes to a loving, romantic, covenant agreement. I was choosing to bind my heart to his and come into a lifelong agreement of mutual affection and expected faithfulness.
A covenant can be defined as a contract, or an agreement between people. In the Bible we see that God established a covenant with Abraham. God said to Him, “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed”. God made an agreement with Abraham, letting him know that if he obeyed God, God would bless him. God also made a covenant with the children of Israel that he continually remembered through all of their wanderings and shortcomings.
In Exodus 6:5 God said, "Furthermore I have heard the groaning of the sons of Israel, because the Egyptians are holding them in bondage, and I have remembered my covenant."
In Leviticus 26:42 the Lord said, "Then I will remember my covenant with Jacob, and I will remember also my covenant with Isaac, and my covenant with Abraham as well, and I will remember the land."
Deuteronomy 4:31 says, "For the LORD your God is a compassionate God; He will not fail you nor destroy you nor forget the covenant with your fathers which He swore to them.
I could go on filling pages with scriptures telling of God's remembrance of covenant. Instead, I will share one verse on covenant that perfectly expresses God's attitude towards it. In Jeremiah 33:20-21 the Lord says, ‘If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that there will not be day and night in their season, then my covenant may also be broken with David my servant, so that he shall not have a son to reign on his throne, and with the Levites, the priests, my ministers."
Do we really grasp all that God is saying through that verse? If the night does not come in it's appointed time and the morning sun refuses to shine, then God's covenant will be broken. Have you ever lived a day in your life when the night didn't come and morning refused to dawn? Regardless of the weather conditions you've endured, the sun and the moon have been fixed and constant. That is what God is saying about his nature. God, Jehovah-Rapha (God who Heals), Adonai, the one and only Lord does not change. He cannot tell a lie. He does not break His promises. He is faithful. His love is fixed and certain.
I remember learning about the covenant keeping God when I left my home in 2005 and moved to Washington, D.C. I moved to D.C to fast and pray for the ending of abortion with a rag tag crew of passionate intercessors. We were young, zealous and convinced that God would end abortion tomorrow if we earnestly petitioned Him too. In that season I met a beautiful girl with a bright smile named Tiffani. Tiffani came from Arizona with a burden for life and a love for children. We became friends and together we asked God to end abortion and send revival to America.
A few years later when many of our praying friends moved to another location, Tiffani and I stayed in D.C. Along with one other woman named Marybeth, we represented the Justice House of Prayer D.C and Bound4life D.C. We lived together outside of the city and prayed together daily in front of the Supreme Court of the United States. We wore pieces of tape over our mouths that said 'Life', and in our hearts we clung to promises for our nation to change. We were present when Supreme Court Justice Kennedy swung his vote to the pro-life side and partial-birth abortion came to a legal end. That victory partially belonged to us, and it was a fruit of our prayers.
Over a decade has passed since I first met Tiffani near our nation's capitol. Years later, we both moved back to our home states to be near our family. We are both now happily married. We thankfully still have a heart to see abortion end and a longing for children to live. Along with the amazing things Tiffani has done for the cause of life, she's also suffered a great deal of personal loss. Her blog, www.beautifullybrave.org, chronicles the heart wrenching stories of three of her precious baby girls who've gone to be with Jesus. Beautifully Brave is raw, pure, holy, transparent truth. Tiffani bears her soul and shares the pain she's endured and the faith that allows her to carry on. Her blog is a literal treasure for the hurting, those seeking truth and ones who desire to know the character of God.
What I love about Tiffani's writing is that she doesn't try to make sense of God's ways. She doesn't wrap up her suffering with a shiny bow of cliché statements. She shares openly about feeling various emotions towards God in her time of suffering. However she doesn't pretend to know why God allows what He does. She doesn't know why such sorrow has befallen her, yet she believes God is good in the midst of it. She says that God doesn't need to defend or explain himself for her to love him. The suffering she's endured simply does not make sense. It would be easy for a lesser lover of God to turn from him or harden their heart. Yet Tiffani still chooses to adore him in all of her emotional agony. That moves my heart. That is a testimony to me that is priceless and invaluable. It's the picture of what true love looks like. To choose to be unoffended at God even in the midst of unanswered questions and personal pain is a sign that you know Him as a friend. When I read Tiffani's writings I'm left with the sense that she is a real friend of God's heart.
I believe that God is faithful to His friends. I believe that although he may not give us all the answers, He does bring comfort and give grace. I believe that God is a God who REMEMBERS. God remembers His covenant with His people. God remembers every single thing. Every prayer that we whisper, every ache and groan, every tear that drops from our eyes is a tear He takes notice of. God sees it all, knows it all, cares about it all. These aren't cute words that can make our sorrows disappear. In this world we will have troubles and sometimes those troubles seem quite frankly, unbearable. Yet even in this, God remains. To truly love Him is to love all of Him, even the parts of His nature we do not comprehend.
Although my struggles are different from my friend's, they are in some ways similar. After a decade of praying for babies to live, I never imagined I'd wrestle to have my own. I never imagined I'd work at a pregnancy center, working with some girls who choose to abort as I question when my baby will come. Yet even in this 'light and momentary affliction' I know that God is working for my greater good. Beyond what good He will do in my life, I trust that His nature is good and His heart towards me is kind. That kindness enables me to appreciate the blessings God gives others, even as I wait for my own.