Exodus 33:11
The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.

I am always amazed when I read about the way God would call Moses into His presence during the journey to the promised land. In the middle of the burning desert, surrounded by crowds of people, Moses alone would meet with God face to face, hearing God’s plans and thoughts as friends talk with each other. As one writer says, “The more you get to know a person, the more honest your relationship becomes. The formalities are dropped. You begin to bare your heart. You let your guard down.”

How wonderful it is that Jesus has made us God’s friends in the same way! In John 15:13-15 He says, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
Those are not words only for the Twelve, but for us! Yet I so often forget that as a friend of God, He wants me to come closer, to bare my heart as He reveals His heart to me. He wants me to come to Him, not just with requests, petition, even thanksgiving, but to long for more of HIM, to know the He lives in me and is closer to me than any other living being. There is no greater joy or privilege than that!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for all You have done to call me your Friend. Forgive me for the times when I neglect our friendship, stay away because of laziness or guilt, or reduce my conversation with you to requests for help or things. I want more of YOU, to know You more, to be aware of Your presence in and with me. Please show me who You truly are as I draw near each day.

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