Day 179 - FOUNDATION STONES IN A YEAR
READING: John 15: 9–17
The story of God visiting with Abraham is one of the great highlights of the story of Abraham. We see a true reflection of the relationship that God intended to have with man. No other twenty-four hour period in Abraham’s life is described in greater detail.
The covenant meal that they have and the way that God shares his plan to destroy Sodom with Abraham, reflects the level of friendship that God and Abraham had with each other (verse 17). This level of intimacy is further demonstrated when we see how Abraham, as a true intercessor, comes before God to plead for the city. This is the same city, by the way, whose king had treated Abraham so badly even after Abraham had rescued him. Can you see how Abraham had grown in grace and Godliness?
This type of friendship is the same that we are invited into by Jesus in our reading for today, from the Gospel of John. Jesus tells us that we are his friends if we do what he commands. We are no longer his servants because a servant does not know the master’s business, but now we are called friends because he tells us everything that he has learned from the Father. God tells his friends what is going on and hides nothing from them, even when the thing that he tells of is destructive, as was the case with Sodom. May we respond like Abraham who intercedes with compassion and urgency, when the Lord our friend gives us insight into His plans.
Father, this is what You want and this is what I want too; the type of friendship with You that starts in relationship and increases to a deep and unshakable trust.