Yesterday morning as I read Exodus 33 I was reminded what a blessing it is to have friends who walk with God. Moses was such a man. Let me explain.
God’s anger was kindled against the Israelites because of their continual sin and God said that His presence would not go with them into the promise land. Moses spoke to God on their behalf, telling God that they couldn’t go on unless God would go with them. Verse 11 says,
“And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.” Because of his intercession, God said to Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.
What relief that the Israelites wouldn’t have to trudge on in their own devices, their own weak ideas and strategies! God answered Moses’ prayer! Having a friend who can talk to God on your behalf is a huge blessing! You see Moses going to God, then talking with the Israelites, then talking to God, and again to the Israelites. Who wouldn’t want a friend like that?!
While I was reading that passage and being reminded of dear, godly friends that the Lord has given me, I received a text message from one of those friends. Another called while I was getting ready for the day. A third called as I was driving to do some work at church just to tell me she loved and appreciated me! And lastly, another godly friend met me at the church to help and support the work I was attempting to do! My cup was running over with the blessing my friends. Each one, led by the Lord was calling to encourage or bless in some way. That is a godly friend! God spoke to them, and they followed through to tell me what He said to them! That’s just like what Moses did!
I have to stop and ask myself if I am that kind of friend to others. How about you? Do you hear the Lord speak a word to you to call and encourage someone or to stop and pray for them and then you do it? If He prompts us to stop and pray for them or do a loving act for them are we quick to obey? Do we go out of our way to help and support them as they are serving the Lord?
May we each be the “Moses-kind of Friends – a friend who knows God, talks to God on behalf of our friends, and also talks to our friends about God!”
Do you have a special godly friend for whom you are especially thankful? What have they done to push you closer to the Lord?