Friend Of God

Rivercamp 2017 invites you above the noise, to reach beyond the discord of life and discover the voice of your Heavenly Father. The one who loves you, knows you and is always with you.

But what does Above the Noise even mean?

I just experienced my fifth U2 concert. Over the past 18 years I have experienced every U2 tour with a friend and each one has been a memorable experience. With my wide-eyed expression, each time you would have thought it was my first as I tried to take in every moment happening right there in front of me.

Long lines to get in, long queues to get out, cramped for space at every turn and stadiums full to the brim, like I’ve never witnessed before. The noise of the crowd waiting, singing, shouting and the boom of the speakers projecting the well-known songs out for all to hear. Still above it all, somehow, I was able to hear the voice of my friend as we shared the moments together, communicating our amazement and awe as we took in the whole experience.

Just like the U2 concert, it can be all too easy to get lost in the noise of life, the hustle and bustle of a crowd and miss the moments a friend wants to communicate. Noise comes in all shapes and sizes and often forms a powerful distraction that somehow, we have to overcome in order to hear the voice of that friend.

The great privilege of the Christian faith is we are called friends of God. Abraham was known as a friend of God (James 2:23) and walked closely with Him. Each one of us can know that same blessing and the level of relationship Abraham enjoyed with God.

God is able to reach into our noise and speak with such love, clarity and with wisdom. All we need to do is reach out to him, understand He is there and allow Him to speak peace into our discord, hope into our hopelessness and light into our darkness. He is our Heavenly Father, who is always speaking, always loving and always present.

Just like me and my friend at the recent U2 concert, zoning in to hear what the other wants to communicate we must zone in, above the noise of life discovering the voice of your Heavenly Father. Let us not allow ourselves to be swept along by the constant noise of life, but find those moments to get above the noise, abandoning distraction, reaching beyond the discord and stay focused on the friend who speaks.

Rivercamp 2017 invites you above the noise, to reach beyond the discord of life and discover the voice of your Heavenly Father. The one who loves you, knows you and is always with you. Join us.