The image of God in man cannot extend to every part of man’s being, for God has attributes which He cannot impart to any of His creatures, however favored. God is uncreated, self-existent, infinite, sovereign, eternal; these attributes are His alone and by their very definition cannot be shared with another. But there are other attributes which He can impart to His creatures and in some measure share with His redeemed children. Intellect, self-consciousness, love, goodness, holiness, pity, faithfulness — these and certain other attributes are the points where likeness between God and man may be achieved. It is here that the divine-human friendship is experienced.
And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. James 2:23
Abraham, despite weakness and failure, was called God’s friend. Abraham believed God. He just believed God. Are we friends of God?
Lord, help us to discern and revere your attributes, while willfully exercising those which You have imparted to us for Your glory and our sanctification. Expand our faith beyond human limitations and weaknesses, that we may experience true intimacy with You.
“What I believe about God is the most important thing about me.”
A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.
His books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the That Incredible Christian Chapter 37 – The Friends of God