“The LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as a person speaks to a friend” (Exodus 33:11).
Throughout Sacred Scripture God reveals Himself as being our friend. The Covenant itself is a sacred relationship God forges with humanity marked by familiarity, trust, respect and commitment. He wants us to know, love and serve Him in wonderfully personal and deeply meaningful ways.
In the course of His earthly sojourn, Jesus always seeks real and lasting friendships with those whom He encounters. Sometimes He takes the initiative as seen with Zacchaeus and the Samaritan woman. Other times people make their way to Him like the adulterous woman and rich young man. He was a true friend to the disciples, spending precious time with them apart from the crowds.
God’s expectation is not that we know about Him, but rather that we know Him.
- How do you characterize your relationship with God right now?
- Do you know what it means to pray to God “face to face, as a person speaks to a friend”?
- How might your relationship with God liken a great friendship, even the best one?