By: Abigayle Mutua
God had extraordinary relationships with several people throughout the Bible. The Book of Exodus says, “The Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man also to his friend” (Exod. 33:11). James says that Abraham was a friend of God (see James 2:23). Friends influence friends. These two men are an example of people who experienced a special bond with God in which the Lord invited them to influence Him.
Genesis gives insight into Abraham’s relationship with God. The Lord said to Abraham, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, since Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed?” (Gen. 18:17-18). God was saying to Abraham that because of the importance of his place on the earth, he was privy to inside information. Then the Lord tells Abraham that He’s about to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah.
Abraham’s response is surprising. He feels the freedom to interact with God, knowing that the Lord values his opinion. Look at Abraham’s protest: Will You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will You indeed sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous who are in it? Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly? (Genesis 18:23-25) The questions he asked are important but of greater significance is the fact that he questioned.
Where did Abraham get the idea that a human being had any right to question his Creator? What would possess a man to think that he might have a different view of a situation that God hadn’t thought of? Who could ever say to God, “There are some holes in your thinking there, Lord!” However, it is in the Scriptures. A man debates with his God on the basis of friendship!!
Who tells you that God is a God that you can’t reason with? He is waiting for someone to approach him and bring his issue that they may solve it together.