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Is God my friend?


Even now my witness is in heaven;
    my advocate is on high.
My intercessor is my friend
    
as my eyes pour out tears to God;
on behalf of a man he pleads with God
    
as one pleads for a friend. Job 16:19-21
The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.  Exodus 33:11
            As humans, we have many relationships.  We relate to them all differently.  You don’t treat your friend like you do your spouse, but you can treat your spouse like a friend. 
            Your boss can be your friend, but there are times when you must treat your boss differently, with respect and as a servant.  Later on, you can go out to dinner and act like friends.
            God is not only the supreme authority who we must fear, but he presents himself also as a Father and a friend.  He doesn’t want our relationship with him to be solely on an authority/servant level or a king/subject level, but a Father/child and a friend to friend level.
            There are times we will go to him in different ways.  We approach a king for some needs.  A father for other needs.  A friend for other needs.
            God wants us to see him as all of the above because he meets all our needs in every way possible.