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The Closest Friend
By Victoria Osteen - Apr 22, 2016

One morning, I was reading in the book of Exodus. Typically when I read the Old Testament, I read the stories filled with accounts of the awesome wonder and power of God. But this time as I read, one thing really stuck out to me and touched my heart. I was reading about a conversation Moses was having with God about how they were going to get the people into the Promised Land. God already brought them out of captivity, but they hadn't gone into the Promised Land yet. By this time in scripture, the Israelites had been through a lot over many generations and their thinking was a little off.

God was meeting with Moses in a place called the tent of meetings. God said to Moses, "You know what, Moses? I'm going to help you, and I'm going to be with you." The scripture says that, "God talked to Moses as a man talks to a friend." I believe this is a beautiful picture of God's heart.  He's saying to all of us, "I want to talk to you like your friend talks to you."

Too many times in life, we think God is far off. We think we have to hear Him booming in the clouds or think He's so mysterious that we don't really hear what He's saying. But this scripture tells us what He's saying! He wants to talk to us like a friend. He's saying I am going to be with you, and I'm going to give you the victory!

I don't know what you need from God today. Do you have a question for Him? Do you have a need? Know this: God is the same today as He was yesterday, and He'll be the same tomorrow and forever! He wants to talk to you like He talks to a friend. Incline your ear to Him! Sing to Him! He's not a far-off God! He speaks to you personally and directly. Once you're aware of that, then you can understand that still, small voice. Trust Him, talk to Him, and know that He longs to have conversations with you and be your closest friend!

"The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend…" (Exodus 33: 11, NIV)
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