Not long ago, I heard about this billboard along the highway: “God is an imaginary friend – choose reality. It will be better for all of us.”
Obviously, the bold statement compares Christians to children whose vivid imaginations invent a make-believe companion. But is that what God is – an imaginary friend?
Actually, the evidence favors His reality. Ponder these ideas: The creation of the world shows there is a Designer behind the universe (Romans 1:18-20). The conscience indicates a Lawgiver behind each human’s sense of right and wrong (Romans 2:14-15). The creativity we express in music and art reflect the same attribute that the Creator possesses (Exodus 35:31-32). Christ reveals what God is like in human form (Hebrews 1:1-4). And the communion or fellowship of the Spirit in the Christian heart manifests the reality of God (Galatians 5:22-23).
The Bible tells us there will be those who deny the reality of God (2 Peter 3:4-6). But James reminds us of His reality and how an Old Testament believer befriended Him: “’Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ And he was called the friend of God” (James 2:23). Have you met the redeeming God? He gave His Son to become your real, eternal Friend (John 15:15). – Dennis Fisher
I’ve found a Friend, O such a Friend!
He loved me ere I knew Him;
He drew me with the cords of love,
And thus He bound me to Him. – Small
The dearest friend on earth is but a mere shadow compared to Jesus. – Chambers
- June 14, Vol. 21, Our Daily Bread