February 11 “Who truly is a friend of God?”

Friend of God

Perhaps you’ve heard the Phillips Craig & Dean song, I am a Friend of God. It’s a great song. Once I hear it, I find myself humming it for days. But who truly is a friend of God?

Today’s Readings:

Exodus 33.1-23 & Exodus 34.1-35
Psalm 21.8-13
Proverbs 8.1-5
Matthew 26.1-25

Moses, friend of God

Exodus 33.1-23 & Exodus 34.1-35

Chapter 33.7, 9, 11:

Moses took his tent and pitched it outside the camp, far from the camp, and called it the tabernacle of meeting … And it came to pass, when Moses entered the tabernacle, that the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses … So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle.

Like Moses, if we seek to meet God, He will meet with us. In this case, He not only met with Moses, but God spoke to him as a man speaks to his friends. We talk and sing about being “a friend of God,” but Jesus said, “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.” We are not friends of God because we are His children. All the Israelites were His people, but only Moses was called His friend. We are His friends when we are His children and obedient to His Word” (Jn. 15.14). Continue reading