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If we feel bereft of friends, alone and uncared for, it's good to remember we have one sure friend. It's the same one Abraham had.

In James we read that Abraham ''was called the Friend of God.'' n1 Why was he God's friend? Wasn't it because he trusted in God and followed His guidance? While we wouldn't want to rely blindly on human friends this way, we can always trust God's unerring direction.

n1 James 2:23.

Certainly God isn't a mortal person, visible to the physical senses. He is supreme, incorporeal Love, eternally beholding us as He created us, spiritual and perfect, in His image. Yet we can still think of Him as a friend. He never moves away or turns against us. Where human friends may misunderstand us or feel hurt, God remains eternal Love.

It is interesting to note that no matter how far people in the Bible strayed, God was there when they turned back to Him. He is always at hand - night or day - ''a very present help in trouble.'' n2 Our human friends may seem to come and go, but nothing can separate us from God, and because of this we can never truly be friendless.

n2 Psalms 46:1.

To have enriching and satisfying friendships is a legitimate need, and we can look to God to care for that need. There may, however, be times when we are alone and miss someone to talk to. Maybe we feel a strong desire for advice or counsel from someone. The Bible tells us, ''The Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.'' n3 This same God speaks to us, when we are listening, ''as a man speaketh unto his friend.'' God's thoughts guide and comfort us.

n3 Exodus 33:11.

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