Greg's Notes

How to Have Friendship with God

I want to talk to you about a man who knew God in a personal way, a man who had friendship with God: Moses. Exodus 33:11 says, “The Lord spoke to Moses face to face as a man speaks to his friend.” What an amazing statement that is. In the Old Testament, people didn’t have that kind of access to the Lord, but Moses did. He was the friend of God.

And one day, Moses and his friend God Almighty were talking, and Moses asked for the most audacious, unprecedented thing. He said to the Lord, “I want to see You. I want to see You with my own eyes.” But you know what? Friends can ask friends for favors. God was not offended by this request and in fact was drawing Moses out.

Practical Principles

  1. Moses asked the Lord for divine direction. Every believer should ask God to reveal His will for their life. The book of James says that if any man lacks wisdom, let him ask of God and the Lord will give generously. So when you don’t know what to do, pray about it.
  2. Moses asked for confirmation. He wanted the Lord Himself to go with him. And that’s what we should all want. God reassures His friend Moses.
  3. Moses prays for the very glory of God to be revealed to him. I think all of us should want to see God. When I say, “see God,” I mean know Him, of course, and one day we will see God face to face.

Relevant Reminders

  • Don’t be afraid to say, “Not my will but Yours be done.” Never be afraid to commit an unknown future to known God.
  • God loves you and His plan for you is good. If He says you can’t do that, that’s because He is keeping you from something that is bad.
  • When you pray for people to believe in Jesus, you are praying according to the will of God.

Applicable Actions

Did you know that your friendship with God as a Christian is even closer than the friendship that Moses himself had with God? Moses was in the old covenant and though this was a very special relationship he had with the Lord, you, if you’re a Christian, are in the new covenant. When Jesus died, a new covenant was established. He fulfilled all of those Old Testament sacrifices and types so we can have this friendship with God. Jesus says, “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant doesn’t know what his master is doing, but I’ve called you friends, for all things I have heard from My Father I’ve made known to you.” Moses saw God’s glory. And one day we will see His glory as well.