-C.S. Lewis from Letters to Malcom: Chiefly on Prayer
My Mom gave me The C.S. Lewis Bible for Christmas (and she even had my name written on the front-thanks Mom!) This Bible has quotes from the different works of C.S. Lewis, intended to help the reader reflect on God's Word. I have been using it in my devotional times and came across this quote while reading Exodus 33-35. I find this reflection to be especially sweet when read along with Exodus 33, in which Moses meets with God at what the Israelites called 'the tent of meeting'. Verse 11 describes this: "..the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend." This verse comes not long after a description of God's anger towards Israel and Moses' pleading with Him to let the Israelites live after they disobey Him. It is so awe inspiring to me that a holy, perfect God desires to forgive and to treat humans as His friends. It certainly encourages me to speak to Him with the confidence that He not only wants to know me, but that he has been desiring to know humans since the beginning of history. How awesome and humbling to call the God of the Universe a friend!