Abraham was called God’s friend but the friendship came at a price. God promised Abraham the impossible; that he will be the father of many nations at his old age and Abraham waited thirteen years for Isaac – the promised seed. God then upped the stake by asking Abraham to sacrifice Isaac to HIM and by faith, Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice... although God has said to him, “in Isaac, your seed shall be called.”
Abraham undoubtedly displayed a selfless act and an absolute trust in his ‘friend.’ He was certain God will not fail him and God proved HIMSELF true by making Abraham a father of many nation hence Abraham was called God’s friends because he shared a true intimacy with God.
When you decide to pursue a true intimacy with God, the path may be narrow and rough at times, but HIS friendship will never fail you.
By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.