In earthly friendships there may be a lot of give and take, compromises, and negotiations; however, that is not possible in one’s relationship with Jehovah-shammah. Jesus says his friends must do as He commands them. If one considers that requirement, it is easy to understand why not many were called friends of God during the Old Testament times.
But, what about now? The Spirit is within us; we are His temple! He is with us always! His nature is to love and to desire love! Every Christian can be a friend of God!
Many do not know that because they have not learned to recognize Him as Jehovah-shammah. Many have never learned to know the voice of God. Perhaps one cause is disobedience; perhaps another cause is that one does not spend enough quality time with Him – that is, one does not focus on the marvel of His presence within. Some may not recognize Him because they have some preconceived notion of His voice. God’s voice is most often “in a gentle whisper” as Elijah heard in I Kings 19:12, but it might be in other forms. Jesus said, “my sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27, NKJV). God has placed within our hearts the ability to recognize his voice. The knowledge of Jehovah-shammah must be received with awesome respect and a holy fear of ever being presumptuous toward that marvelous relationship.
I have written more about Jehovah Shammah, my Friend. https://onetahayes.com/jehovah-shammah-my-friend/