November 3, Friday

The AMI QT Devotionals from October 30-November 5 are provided by Emerson Lin. Emerson, a graduate of University of California, San Diego, serves as staff at Kairos Christian Church, while studying at Talbot School of Theology. He is married to Annie. They will soon leave for E. Asia to serve as missionaries.

Devotional Thoughts for Today

“A Friend in High Places”

Genesis 18:1-7

The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. 2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground. 3 He said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord,[a] do not pass your servant by. 4 Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree. 5 Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way—now that you have come to your servant.” “Very well,” they answered, “do as you say.” 6 So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. “Quick,” he said, “get three seahs of the finest flour and knead it and bake some bread.” 7 Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it. 8 He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.

If someone were to ask you to name your three closest friends, would it be difficult to list off, or easy? Regardless of whether we are introverts or extroverts, friendships are one of the most important things in our lives. Good friends celebrate the joyful times and walk with us through the tough times. So, in order for people to become friends, they need to genuinely enjoy spending time with one another.

In this passage, Abraham receives a visit from the Lord and two angels. He humbly requests them to stay and rest before they continue their journey. This next part of the story is a little comical: Abraham requests the finest flour for the bread and slaughters the choice calf—what was supposedly a humble meal turns into an extravagant meal that most likely took hours to prepare!

While it is debatable when Abraham knew that the visitors were the Lord and His angels, his eagerness to host them cannot be overlooked. The God who called him out of Ur finally comes in a tangible way to spend time with Abraham, His friend. In fact, James 2:23 says, “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.”

As we read this passage, some of us covet Abraham’s experience. We long for that same tangible experience and intimacy with the Lord. However, I would like to encourage you that we have a greater friendship with the Lord than Abraham could have ever had—we have the Holy Spirit living in us! Wherever we go, the Spirit of God is there to encourage, teach, and comfort us. John 14:16 says, “16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever.”

Knowing that we can have such an intimate relationship with the Lord, like Abraham, are you eager to host the Spirit of God in your life? Does your life reflect that excitement? Take some time to reflect on your actions and attitude. God calls us His friends. Let’s strive to become believers who genuinely enjoy spending time with the Lord!

Bible Reading for Today: Acts 27


Lunch Break Study

Read John 15:9-17: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.”

Questions to consider

  • How do we remain in Jesus’ love? (v. 10)
  • In this passage, what does Jesus say is the greatest act of love? (v. 13)
  • What is the difference between a friend and a servant? (v. 15)

Notes

  • We remain in Jesus’ love by obeying His commandments. In yesterday’s devotion, we learned that we love God by actively obeying the commands He has given us.
  • The greatest act of love is when one person is willing to lay down his life for his friend. We learn, later, that Jesus does this for us on the cross.
  • A servant simply does the master’s bidding, while a friend knows his friend’s desires.

Evening Reflection

“The time you spend alone with God will transform your character and increase your devotion. Then your integrity and godly behavior in an unbelieving world will make others long to know the Lord.”

  • Charles Stanley

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