Abraham Was Called the Friend of God
“2 Chronicles 20:7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?
I believe we have learned much from the discussions on the 2 books of Samuel on King David and his direct opposite King Saul. And their ways are also so very different.
Saul walked in the flesh allowing his feelings, emotions and self-willed to prevail over every decision he made which led to his rejection by God. David was a man after God’s own heart whereas Saul was ruled by his own desires and sensual nature. Nothing can be more vivid that what has been written of him in 1 Chronicles 10:13-14:-
“13 So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the Lord, even against the word of the Lord, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it; 14 And enquired not of the Lord: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse”.
We ought to walk in the ways as David walked and worshipped God. He was simple, humble and gracious and every step he took he learned from his years of tender and gentle care of the sheep his father Jesse put under his charge, and God rewarded him, raising him from a lowly shepherd to be a King ruling over all of Judah and Israel. And through him, God promised His Kingdom shall reign forever!
Abraham Believed God
Today we start to study this amazing statements made in the Bible about Abraham, the father of faith and was called the friend of God. We will look at them, meditating on them so that we can from our study learn how he developed his faith in God through his close friendship with God. We begin at this verse quoted by James:-
And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called “the Friend of God.”
1.James began in this chapter asking believers to remain humble,loving, whether rich or poor and always to be showing mercy and compassion.
2. He then used as example Abraham, the father of faith saying in verse 26:
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also”
Let’s therefore seek God as a friend and learn to draw closer and closer to Him each day, asking Him in our devotion time to grant us the privilege to be his friend so that we will trust Him for every of our need, just as He took care of Abraham and family and their possession! Let us be as James said be “Doers” and not “Hearers” only.
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