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God’s Friend, by Cath Thorlakson

Read Exodus 33:1 – 17 

“And the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.  Moses returned to the camp, but his minister Joshua, son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the [temporary prayer] tent.”

                                                                        Exodus 33:11

Again, another passage pumped full of truth that teaches me how to lead. 

First, when I read that God spoke to Moses face to face, the same as a friend, I cry, “Oh, me too!!!”  When I have found myself in the presence of the Lord – so real that I could almost touch it – there was such peace and warmth and wholeness and love.  At these times, I just never want to leave! 

Wouldn’t you love to speak to the Lord face to face, as with a friend?  We actually can, in a way – at least, we can be in His presence.  I just want to be His friend and have those kind of interactions that I see Moses having with Him – conversations!

As soon as I say those words, the very next thought that pops into my head is about the discipline required to be available for that kind of friendship.  How is your walk with the Lord?  Moses spent a lot of time with the Lord.  So, when the Lord had something to say, Moses was there to hear it. 

My question for you is, if there is a day when God wants to give a message or direction to His body of believers, will you, as a leader, be there to hear it?  Or will that be the day that your schedule was just too busy to get alone with God?  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss a thing!  May our friendship and availability to the Lord be of prominent priority so that we don’t miss anything!

Finally, I cannot miss the little detail that is slipped in at the end of verse 11.  Joshua!  It struck me in Exodus 32:17, that when the Israelites were bowing down to idols, Joshua was not there, because he was close to Moses while Moses met with the Lord.  In Exodus 33:11, we see again that Joshua is in the wings of ministry, next to Moses – and the Lord!

This tells me two things.  First, it points out that preparation for powerful ministry starts alone with God.  At least, it did for Joshua.  It kept him out of trouble, too.  Secondly, it points out the value of having a younger “leader on the rise” by your side to pray and to train.  Clearly, when Moses died, Joshua was completely ready to walk with God and lead His people on to the Promised Land.

How about you?  Are you a good friend to God?  Are you available to Him?  Do you have someone (or more than one) by your side who is learning how to walk with God next to you?  What do you need to work on?  Is this encouragement for you to keep on going, or is it an admonishment to you to be more faithful?  How are you doing as God’s leader today?

2009-03-13T12:56:33+00:00March 13th, 2009|Devotionals, Our Blog|2 Comments


  1. Erin March 13, 2009 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    The first thought that came to mind when I read this is that I think God yearns for this type of relationship with us every bit as much as we do — in fact, probably much MORE so than we do!!

    In fact, I think that’s one of the primary reasons He created us…so that He could have this type of intimate fellowship with us.

    He’s always been a multi-generational God, in the sense that He was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. So He is always wanting us to be working with the next generation, to train them in His ways so that we can pass on the mantle of godly leadership.

    How incredible and awe-inspiring that He chooses to work with and relate to us in this fashion!!

  2. Laurel Marble March 13, 2009 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing this devotional. It is exactly what i am being challenged to do right now. The Holy Spirit gently convicts and ever so lovingly prompts us to draw near to the Father. God bless you and your ministry.

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