Recently I heard about this billboard at the side of a road: “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 favours His reality. The creation of the world shows there is a Designer behind the universe (Rom. 1:18-20), our consciences show a Lawgiver behind our sense of right and wrong (Rom. 2:14-15) and the varied forms of creativity we express reflect the creativity of our Creator (Ex. 35:31-32). Christ reveals what God is like in human form (Heb. 1:1-4). And also the Holy Spirit living in Christians shows the reality of God (Gal. 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 God who can save us? He gave His Son to become your real, eternal Friend (John 15:15).

The dearest friend on earth is but a mere shadow compared to Jesus. —Chambers


Dennis Fisher


Our Daily Bread