Psalms 103:7        “He made known His ways unto Moses, His acts unto the children of Israel.”
Exodus 33:11    “And the Lord spoke unto Moses face to face, as a man speaks unto his friend.”
Scripture records the journey of the people of God, as Moses lead the nation of Israel from Egypt through the desert into the Promised Land.  To use a New Testament term, they were Christians.  But the record shows something very interesting, a difference in Moses and the people.  Moses knew the ways of God.  The people saw the acts of God.  The record tells us in Exodus 20 that the people told Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let God not speak with us, lest we die.”  And it says, “the people stood afar off.”  But the Bible says, “the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as unto a friend.”
You have now been on this journey for several days.  It began by thinking about the love of God for you.  You considered His holiness and your sinfulness.  You have drawn close to Him and He has dealt with your sin in loving kindness.
It is in the heart of God to be close to you, to speak to you as a friend, a dearly beloved one.  Those in the desert chose to cling to their pride.  God said they were stiff necked and remained distant from the Holy Father. They made a choice in the desert to remain distant from the Holy Father.  They made it to heaven, but they did not live in the Promised Land. Their life on earth was empty and they never achieved the glory God wanted them to know.

Today, choose to come close and know Him as a friend.  He is near.
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