To do great exploits for God we must be able to get close to Him. It’s so easy to look for a king to set things right. We want a king but not always The King. Why are we so afraid of getting close to the Lord? Why do we prefer substitutes to rule and reign?
Paraphrasing 1 Sam. 8, it says, “Hey Samuel, you’re old, your kids aren’t walking right…so make us a king! Wow, no pressure Samuel, we don’t just want a king, we want you to make us one. It’s so easy to get antsy when we see a need, especially when it’s valid. It’s so easy to try to fulfill that need. And in doing so, we miss out. God knows and God knew exactly what the people wanted. So, He says to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.”
But that was not the case with Moses. He wanted to see God face to face. And that is why God called him “His friend.” There is a song we sing that says, “I am a friend of God”. One line says… “He calls me friend.” What an honor to be a friend of God. It’s the message Jesus gave to his disciples when He said, “I no longer call you servants…I call you friends”.
Have you ever been guilty of allowing rules to supersede relationships? Settling on religion instead of drawing close to God. I remember as a kid before my crayon had liberty to color, I would press my crayon down and boldly outline the whole picture and then shade it in. I was so afraid to color outside of the lines. One mistake and I had failed to make the perfect picture. When we can’t seem to keep up, we resign and give up.
Sometimes we want control so bad that we press hard, to create borders, thinking we might be able to secure the perfect picture. Why is it we’re so afraid to paint outside the line, to make a mistake? I think it’s because we don’t fully understand being loved. That the love of God has yet to be perfected in us. We see those in power as those who punish. And how can we become friends with that? So, we chose to retreat…
But not Moses. Exodus 20:19 says, “Then they said to Moses, you speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us lest we die”. Once again, they wanted a king…but not The King. Fearing God, they picked a man over THE MAN. The chapter ends with… “So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near into the thick darkness where God was”. Moses was not only willing to draw near to God when it was dark, but also when it was light. Setting up a special tent outside the camp. And when he did it says, “the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend”. I don’t know about you, but I want to be a friend of God. I want to draw near even whI am. aFriend of Goden there is thick darkness. I want to separate myself from the camp and see Him face to face. I want to be His friend. I’m reminded of the first time I met Bruce…after we talked, I watched him walk down the hallway. It was a slow walk with his head somewhat bowed. Later, I asked him about that day…He simply told me… “As I walked away, I was talking to God, I said, Come on God, let’s go”…Happy 40th Anniversary to my honey…and my friend. 😊