This is the level I want to get to with God

It seems like a lot of us would like to have what I call the ‘come up higher’ experience – the word coined from God’s instruction to John in Revelation 4:1. This is a place of deep longing of the heart where we know there is so much more to God and we want to experience it. One of the ways we can measure whether we have this type of experience is when God, as He did with John, takes us into His confidence to show us things to come.

So my challenge to us in this post is taken from Genesis 18:17:

‘Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?’

So back to the question, do you have this type of experience with God and if not, why not?

Wouldn’t you like to have a relationship where God takes the initiative and decides to tell you things that are to come? I doubt any of us would say no. So why don’t we have that experience? Fortunately, the scriptures offer a clue and this is found in James 2:23:

And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend’.

A few years ago, there was a popular worship song entitled ‘I am a friend of God, He calls me friend’. Realistically, how true is this of our experience? We all have friends with whom we have a close relationship. This is what God desires for us; that we might have a sense of Him running things by us before He takes action.

Is friendship head knowledge and casual acceptance of our position in God or is it indeed an experience we can have? God wants to tell us things to come because we are His friends.

Jesus also had something to say about friendship and information. Jesus reinforces the subject of friendship. The term friend is somewhat intimate and conveys a sense of closeness, trust and sharing.

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you’. So Jesus says we’re no longer His servants, but His friends.

So back to the question that we need to ask ourselves – what type of friend am I? What is the nature of that friendship? And what is the qualification for friendship? – again Jesus provides the answer in John 15:14 – “you are my friends if you keep my commandments”. I wonder whether we can go before God and say “Lord, I have kept your commandments, I want to experience You as a friend as Abraham did and have the same benefits.” The more I think about the question, the more I say why not?

All we need to do is follow the example of Abraham in displaying loyalty and dependability towards Him and trusting in all His ways.

I hope this post has helped you re-examine your friendship with God and the benefit of that friendship. I definitely want to be known as a friend of God with whom He shares His heart. Don’t you?

So until I appear again in your inbox with more insight from the scriptures, stay blessed




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About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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