Monday, July 18, 2011

Becoming a Friend of God

by Diana Kriesel

Monday, 7/18/11 – Isaiah 32-35; James 2 – “Becoming a Friend of God”

S= Scripture; O= Observation; A= Application; P= Prayer

S– James 2:23 – “And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,"e and he was called God's friend.” NIV

O – When Abraham was still childless, he believed God’s promise that he would have children more numerous than the sand of the sea and the stars of the heavens. There must have been many times when this faith in God’s promise was tested. Willingness to offer Isaac was the greatest evidence of this faith. It was not only an act of obedience, but of faith that God could raise his son from the dead if the sacrifice was required. When Abraham was willing to offer up the only means by which the promise could be realized, the Scripture was fulfilled that he believed God. Abraham’s faith endeared him to the heart of God; and he was called the friend of God.

O – God promised Abraham a child and then asked for Abraham’s obedience in sacrificing that same child. Abraham’s obedience to God was evidence of his faith in God. His faith was brought to maturity through his act of obedience. God’s promises and faithfulness are first. Our obedience is second. As we follow in obedience, we grow in trust as He takes us to new levels in our relationship (friendship) with God. It is our responsibility not to question God’s commands, but to trust and obey, and see the hand of the Lord.

P – Father, teach us to trust You regardless of whether we understand what You may require of us. May each act of our obedience demonstrate a growing faith that will reveal more Truth of Your ways, Your will, and Your love; and draw us toward deeper friendship with You.

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