“Friend of God?” February 11

 

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? #wisdom #friendofGodPerhaps 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?

What about wisdom? Does God save His wisdom for a select few who achieve some deeper knowledge or is it there for everyone to hear and apply? And is there a way for those seeking to grow in wisdom to do so? 

 

Today’s Readings:
Exodus 33 & 34
Psalm 21.8-13
Proverbs 8.1-5
Matthew 26.1-25

 

Friend of God?

 

Exodus 33 & 34

Moses, Friend of God

 

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 (33.7, 9, 11).

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 friend. We talk and sing about being “a friend of God,” but Jesus said, “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you” (Jn. 15.14).

If we belong to Him, our obedience doesn’t make God love us more. But obedience is the fruit of a genuine relationship with Him. The more we understand His love for us, the more we should want to respond with loving obedience.

 

Today’s Other Readings:

 

Psalm 21.8-13

Sing & Praise His Power

 

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Be exalted, O Lord, in Your own strength!
We will sing and praise Your power (v. 13).

One day those who set themselves against God will feel the heat of His wrath. One day He will judge all sin and unrighteousness.

Let us who abide under the shadow of His wings, who have had our sin dealt with at the cross, praise and exalt Him for His strength and power.

 

Proverbs 8.1-5

Willing Disregard

 

God does not try to keep His wisdom a secret. Wisdom is portrayed as a woman crying out, warning us of the danger of foolishness and rebellion against God. Lady Wisdom is shouting from the hilltops; she is standing at the crossroads; she is begging the unwise to listen.

¹ Does not wisdom cry out,
And understanding lift up her voice?
She takes her stand on the top of the high hill,
Beside the way, where the paths meet.
She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city,
At the entrance of the doors:
“To you, O men, I call,
And my voice is to the sons of men.
O you simple ones, understand prudence,
And you fools, be of an understanding heart.

The warnings are everywhere. They’re whispered by our consciences which are given by God to believers and unbelievers alike. They’re in the pages of Scripture for those who read them, but they’re also sounding like sirens coming from the broken lives and relationships all around us. Those who disobey God and ignore His wisdom do so willingly and by choice.

What if we are seeking to know God and have His wisdom, how can we grow in that area?

Many people have attended church for years. They may have gone to Bible studies and heard the Bible preached, but are still living in foolish ways. They have acquired the knowledge of God, but because they have failed to apply it to their own lives, it has not matured into true wisdom. That kind of wisdom comes by living obediently before God on a consistent basis.

12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil (Heb. 5.12-14, NASB).

 

Matthew 26.1-25

As It Was Written 

 

The events of the incarnation are coming to a climax. Verses 1-2:

1 Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He said to His disciples, 2 “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”

Imagine the confusion in His inner circle. Imagine the temptation to fear what would happen to them.

Things were coming to a climax in Judas Iscariot’s heart and mind, as well. Verses 14-16:

14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. 16 So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.

Verse 24:

24 “The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.”

It was His time. His life was His to lay down. Nothing would stop God’s plan, but Judas was still accountable for His choice. And so are we when we chose to go our own way. But, if we belong to Him and …

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 Jn. 1.9).

Praise Him for His mercy and grace!

 

Coming Up:

In the coming days, we’ll talk about how to rate yourself on biblical love, offering God your best, the importance of defending your faith, and pose the question, “Could you be raising little hypocrites?”

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