Saturday, February 2

More conversational relationship

Scripture: Exodus 33-34, Psalm 16, Acts 9

Exodus 33:11 Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. 

Observation

Because I’m speaking on conversational prayer, what jumped out at me today was the examples of it in both Exodus and Acts.

In Exodus, God and Moses had a conversational relationship—it even says that God spoke to Moses face to face, as a man with his friend.  Moses would go to the tent of meeting, and the cloud of God’s presence would descend and cover the tent, and God and Moses would talk.  33:12-23 are another example of the back-and-forth dialogue that God and Moses enjoyed.  Moses made a second trip up Mt. Sinai to meet with God for 40 days, and God sustained him without food or water!  And when Moses came down, his face was shining from having been in God’s presence.  (See 2 Corinthians 3 as a New Testament application of this story.)

In Acts 9 there are two examples of this conversational relationship with God: Saul and Ananias.  In both cases, God initiates the conversation, and Saul or Ananias asked God questions or raised objections, and God answers.

Application

In my masters program, we read a book on Old Testament theology; the big idea was that God wanted a dialogical relationship with us.  Said another way: God wants a conversational relationship with us.  Give and take.  Back and forth.  Question and answer.  Objection and reason.  Call and response.  Face to face.

Today is a Sabbath for me.  I will take some extra time to go to the “mountain” or the “tent of meeting” and listen to God.  Conversation time!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the conversational relationship we have—let’s make it better!