Waiting in habitual fellowship with God – Part 6
In addition to the points I raised in our last article, there are more awesome benefits of waiting on the Lord. Friendship With God: “And the Lord spoke unto Moses, face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.” Exodus 33:11. At this point, every barrier and restriction with the heavenly realm is broken down. There are levels of friendship that range from casual friendship to intimate friendship.
“If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision and in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all my house. With him will I speak MOUTH TO MOUTH, even apparently, and not in dark speeches, and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold…” Numbers 12: 6– 8.
The dimension of waiting upon the Lord takes one into a place whereby you begin to hear God’s voice audibly speaking to you. It is beyond the realms of visions and dreams. This is the place where God begins to reveal His secrets. It is a known reality that Moses wrote the Pentateuch, that is the first five books of the Bible. Question; how did he manage to relate the accounts of creation, of Adam and Eve, of Noah’s ark and the flood, of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, etc, when he was not yet born? Answer; He received all by revelation. Question; how did he manage to write about his own death in Deuteronomy 34 ever before he died. He wrote of his burial place in the valley of Moab by Bethpoer? Answer; This too was by revelation. All was given him out of deep friendship and intimacy with God.
“Henceforth I call you not servants, for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doeth, but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard of my father I have made known unto you.” John. 15:15. It is only true friends that are entitled to secrets. Secrets are not disclosed anyhow. But they are meant to be revealed to a select and minority people. “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” Deuteronomy 29:29.
“The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.” Psalms 25:14. God delights in revealing secrets. His only problem is to find a people that can qualify to receive His secrets. “Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king; But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known…” Daniel 2: 27&28. Daniel was one man that entered into such great intimacy with God. He religiously observed one-hour prayer three times daily. He lived a life of constant fasting. God made known unto him the secrets of the nation he dwelt in again and again and again. Moreover, God gave to him the secrets of the coming Christ and of the end of the age.
Abraham was another man that entered into this dimension of friendship. “Abraham believed God…and he was called the friend of God.” James 2:23. Hence from time to time God will come down to him to reveal His secrets. “…And the Lord said, shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do.” Genesis 18:17. When you read down that scripture in Genesis Chapter 18, God opened up to Abraham and revealed to him the destruction that was determined for Sodom and Gomorrah. You then go on to read how Abraham dialogued with God face to face, negotiating for the destiny of those two cities.
Elijah was able to tell the king of Israel every advancement of the king of Syria in advance by the power of revelation. 2 Kings 6:8-12. How was that possible? Elijah was a man who practiced standing before the Lord (1 Kings 17:1, 1 Kings 18:15). Standing before God and the counsel of heaven is a rear privilege given to those who practice the art of waiting. “God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11: 6). There is something friendship and intimacy with God will give you, that one’s gifting and calling cannot. All of God’s greatest prophets were first of all His greatest friends. “And ye shall seek me and find me when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13.
Rev. Theodore Effiong, Assemblies of God Church, Calabar or Prayer To All Nations (PTAN),
Prayer City, Calabar. CRS
Phone – +234 9030012007, +234 7031921770