Kids Talk About God
Who is God’s best friend?
By Carey Kinsolving
The key to long friendships is a short memory, says humorist Michael Hodgin.
It’s easy to be a friend to someone who likes and respects you. Have you ever considered being a friend to someone who can’t give you anything in return or the person whose mere presence gives you a headache?
Now consider how amazing it is when the Bible records that a perfect God considers some people to be his friends. I asked my friends who they thought was God’s best friend.
Erica, 10, nominates Moses because he “led the Israelites out from under Pharaoh.” Jesse, 11, also likes Moses because “he believed in God. He would do anything for God.”
“God’s friend is Moses because he was a sweet man,” says Katherine, 7. Sweet? The man who God used to part the Red Sea? Try “meek,” which is even more remarkable. The Bible describes Moses as “the meekest man on the earth” (Numbers 12:3).
Then there’s Noah because he “told the truth,” “built a boat” and “obeyed God,” say three 7-year-olds, Carson, Halle and Josh.
Consider the angel Gabriel, says Kelly, 7, “because God used Gabriel to tell Mary that she was going to have a baby that would be God’s son.”
Dominique, 7, says, “God’s best friend is every buddy that he made.”
“I think he likes everyone the same, but me a smidgen more,” says Perry, 11.
I’m not sure about God’s loving Perry a “smidgen more,” but I know God loves everybody because John 3:16 makes this clear: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
“God has everyone as his best friends,” says Julianne, 12.
“Why would one person he made be more important than another? He didn’t die on the cross for one person. He died for everyone.”
Yes, in this sense, everyone is God’s friend. Jesus was even the friend of the man who betrayed him. When Judas came with soldiers to arrest him, Jesus greeted the traitor with “Friend, why have you come?
Jesus’ friendship with Judas was gracious. Most of us think of friendship as shared respect, trust and values. Jesus knew Judas would betray him, yet he called him “friend.”
Jesus had a group of 12 disciples he spent time with every day. On the night before his crucifixion, Jesus said he would now call them friends “since I have told you everything the Father told me.”
Mutual friends reveal things to each other. The deeper the level of friendship, the more they can reveal. This kind of friendship is based on mutual trust.
Be like Jane, 10, who says: “I think God would be my friend because I love him very much. He is my Father, my friend and my savior.”
“Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness,” writes the Apostle James. It’s no coincidence that immediately following this statement, James writes, “And he was called the friend of God” (James 2:23).
Think about this: As the friend of sinners, Jesus laid down his life so that we might become friends of God. Memorize this truth: “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13). Ask this question: Are you God’s friend?
Listen to a talking book, download the “Kids Color Me Bible” for free, watch Kid TV Interviews and travel around the world by viewing the “Mission Explorers Streaming Video” at www.KidsTalkAboutGod.org. Bible quotations are from the New King James Version. To find out more about Carey Kinsolving and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creato