As One Speaks To A Friend


Do you speak to God as a friend?  I don’t mean casually.  I don’t mean inappropriately.  I mean intimately.  We tell friends what we don’t tell others.  We open up and share our concerns and hurts and burdens.  Do you talk to God about the deepest parts of life?

7 Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.” Anyone inquiring of the Lord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. 8 And whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrances to their tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent. 9 As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses. 10 Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to their tent. 11 The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.
Exodus 33:7-11

Oh to have what Moses had.  Not the people standing as he walked to his meeting place with God.  Not the sense of awe people had for him and his relationship with God.  Oh to have that closeness to meet with God face to face and to speak to God and have God speak to you as one speaks to a friend.

As one speaks to a friend.

That’s what we are able to have with the Lord.  Why?  Because we have what only a handful of people in Old Testament times had.  We have the Spirit of God resident within us.  We have the Spirit of Christ in us and Jesus has torn the curtain that separates us from the Father.

We can approach him directly (Hebrews 10:19-22) because of Jesus.  And we are not only friends, yet also children of God in Christ.

Do you take advantage of that relationship?  Do you speak to God as a friend?  I don’t mean casually.  I don’t mean inappropriately.  I mean intimately.  We tell friends what we don’t tell others.  We open up and share our concerns and hurts and burdens.

And our friend carries our load with us.

When God spoke to Moses as a friend, he expressed his frustration with Israel.  God has feelings also.  We only get glimpses of how they appear in his relationship with the world, yet be sure, God will speak to you too.  As a friend.

Start the conversation.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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