Do you see God as a friend to talk to or a machine giving instructions ?

“Respond ‘Lord, thank you that you do more than answer prayers – you’re my guide through all the issues of life. Lead me onwards today.’” the thought for today from my Word on the web reading.

2 Samuel 2:1–7; 3:1
1 After all this, David prayed. He asked God, “Shall I move to one of the cities of Judah?” God said, “Yes, move.” “And to which city?”     “To Hebron.”

2-3 So David moved to Hebron, along with his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. David’s men, along with their families, also went with him and made their home in and around Hebron.

4-7 The citizens of Judah came to Hebron, and then and there made David king over the clans of Judah.    A report was brought to David that the men of Jabesh Gilead had given Saul a decent burial. David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh Gilead: “God bless you for this—for honoring your master, Saul, with a funeral. God honor you and be true to you—and I’ll do the same, matching your generous act of goodness. Strengthen your resolve and do what must be done. Your master, Saul, is dead. The citizens of Judah have made me their king.”

Not only is David asking for Gods guidance he is in a conversation about it, they are talking with each other, not like a sat nav but like having a real person beside you. Do you see god as a friend to talk to or a machine giving instructions?

Also we see how forgiveness works, David has been hunted by Saul for years, Saul had wanted him dead. But David is pleased that Saul’s body was buried with honour.  Could you express forgiveness and sorrow  at the death of someone who hated you? would you want to see that person honoured? could you make sure they were?

Following God isn’t always easy, sometimes we need to do things we would rather not. Sometimes we have to deal with suffering and other people hating us. But if we can put up with this then we have a friend who we can talk to and share our questions on the  journey of life.  God is not a machine to just give directions or listen to your needs, He is a person who wants to be a interacting freind.


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