Summary: Based on Chapter 12 of "A Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren, Part 2 of a 2-part study of how we can become intimate friends with God.
My Best Friend—Part 2
Scripture Ref: Exodus 33:1-17
Additional References: The Bible Knowledge Commentary
The Purpose Driven Life, Chapt. 12, Rick Warren
a. Two weeks ago we began a study of friendship with God. Specifically, we started looking at how we can become best friends with God.
b. We started learning six skills or practices people from the Old Testament whom God called his friend used on a routine basis.
c. In review:
(1) The first skill we must master is continually talking with God. We should not aspire to lengthy, theological discourses where God is not allowed to get a word in edgewise; or where we are unable to keep our focus so we keep drifting off the subject of our conversation. Rather we should use breath prayers and talk with God just as we talk with one another.
(2) The second skill we must master is continually meditating on God. We have worrying down pat. If we take that same principle, substitute God for the problem, and practice as frequently as we worry about our problems, we have meditation down pat.
d. Today we review the four remaining skills, traits, or practices, whatever you wish to call them that we can learn from God’s friends in the Old Testament.
2. A Daily Dose of Reality
a. Hold on to the pew in front of you and take a deep breath. Profound wisdom follows.
b. You are as close to God as you choose to be!
(1) Just as our best friend did not get that way overnight, neither will our relationship with God.
(2) We must open up to Him, learn to tell him everything, be willing to do what He asks, be concerned about the things He is concerned about, and make friendship with Him our top priority.
3. Choose to be honest with God.
a. Honesty is not the best policy, it’s the only policy
(1) Our faults and our feelings.
(2) Perfection is neither expected nor anticipated. Honesty, on the other hand, is.
b. None of God’s friends in the Bible were perfect. If that were a requirement we would be fighting a losing battle.
c. Traits of God’s friends
(1) Honest about their feelings.
(a) Questioned and challenged Him over the destruction of Sodom.
(b) Pestered Him about what it would take to save the city.
(c) Negotiated with Him from 50 down to 10 righteous people.
(a) Accused God of unfairness, betrayal, and abandonment.
(b) God loved David for loving Him enough he could show his true emotions.
(a) Jeremiah accused God of tricking him.
(b) Job vented bitterness and in the end God defended him for being honest and scolded Job’s friends for being fake.
(4) Moses is probably the best example.
(a) Read Exodus 33:1-17
(b) In prior verses, God very strongly tells Moses how angry He is with the Israelites for making the golden calf. Rather than Him leading the Israelites, He is going to send His angel in His place.
(c) Moses, speaking as a friend, pushes back, and responds as bluntly as God did.
e. True friendship relies on honesty and candor.