To be God’s friend

Genesis 18: 17 & 19 
Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do? 
For I know him… 
Genesis 22:12 
For now I know that thou fearest God. 

God graciously visits those in whom He has raised the expectation of Him. 

He reveals His Secrets to His friends, but only human improbability often sets up in contradiction to the Divine Promise. 

Those who are fittest to rule have learned to obey, and it was implicit obedience that secured Abraham his unmovable place in the Eternal Plan. 

Abraham was subject to a supreme test, and his faith prevailed, knowing that nothing was too hard for the Lord. 

He must know, for he is a friend and a favorite. Those who by faith live a life of communion with God cannot but know more of His Mind than other people; they have better insight than others into what is present and better foresight of what is to come. 

Communion with God is kept by the Word and Prayer, in the Word God speaks to us; in prayer we speak to Him. 

As a free moral agent Abraham could have disappointed the Lord, but testing him made it possible to say NOW I KNOW HIM. 

God limits his own attributes to conform to His Plan for free moral agents. This makes Him no less omniscient; but makes it possible for Him to respect the sovereign will of man. 

Thus God does not plan man’s choices or acts, but holds him responsible for them should he choose and act contrary to the best good of all. 

Engage your heart to approach to God, with an assurance of faith, knowing that the access we have to the Throne of Grace and the freedom of speech allowed us, are just matter of humble wonder.  ~ Sage
Genesis 18:17-19 And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do? …. for I KNOW HIM…. Genesis 22:12 for NOW I KNOW that thou fearest God….

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