Friend of God
by Joanne Ellison

Happy Valentine’s Day to our Drawing Near to God community! As God would have it, this week in our study, Living in God’s Presence, we talked about the friendship and true love we have in God. His timing is perfect!

You see, Jesus came not with the love of power but with the power of love. So let’s talk a little bit about love and friendships…

To be a good friend to others, it requires a sacrifice of time.  God has chosen friendships for you – first with Him and then with others. See who he is choosing for you.  It’s important to note that friendship and obedience go hand in hand. If you don’t feel like a friend of God, maybe it’s because you’re not being obedient. That’s some food for thought, isn’t it?

Invite a friend to join us on this journey together

In our study, we looked at Exodus 33. This story has a lot to say about the people around us. Who are you surrounding yourself with? A true friend has your back. Stands up for you. They do whatever they can to keep you safe. God is the perfect friend. When we look for friends, we have to look at the role model of God.

In the story we see Moses take his tent outside the camp. Why the mountain? Why the tent “outside” the camp? Here are some things we see —

  • He got away from demands of life.
  • The holy and sacred had to be kept separate
  • He went outside of the familiar

We also see some examples in this story of ways we turn from God’s path.

  • We grow impatient waiting on God and we race ahead of Him
  • We follow God’s leaders when the going is easy but bail when things get difficult
  • We lose of respect for our leader
  • Pressure breeds disobedience
  • We’re not grounded in trusting the character of God

So let’s look at some life applications from the story. The Lord calls us friends because we are His friends. He wants to be a friend to us. He offers His wisdom and His counsel to you. Are you a friend of God? Are you willing to seek him? I hope you’ll join me in making space for Him by joining our study or just by following along here on the blog.



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