We have much more than a friend in Jesus. The danger in all of our talk about having a real, authentic, down-to-earth relationship with God comes when we trade the almighty, sovereign, intervening Creator of the universe for a companion to chat with about life's joys and challenges. We don't really expect him to show up and change anything; we just hope he'll keep us company along the way.
Because we're all tempted to fall back into small, domesticated views of God and into small, short-sighted prayers, God wrote a Book. He gave us words to inject us again with wonder in the midst of the mundane, and in the face of the unique challenges in each of our lives.
"These [things] are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." (John 20:31)
God has spoken, in the Gospel of John and everywhere else in Scripture, so that we would believe, and so that we would be prepared to face anything in this life with faith that he will do whatever necessary to give us real and full life, and to reveal and spread his own glory (Isaiah 48:11). God, with all of his strength, wisdom, authority, and love, is totally committed to those two things in your life, against all opposition and against all odds.
Reading the Bible is about redefining the impossible.
Feeling the Impossible with Fear
When God called Abraham out of Ur of the Chaldeans, he made him a stunning promise: "Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation" (Genesis 12:1–2). Abraham was seventy-five that day. But he believed God, and so he left for Canaan with his wife Sarah, trusting God would bring the children, and the grandchildren, and the great-great-great-grandchildren.