Writing love letters from God to myself is a new discipline that I learned recently through a message from Taina Ciago. First, read the scriptures and secondly, write a love letter from God to yourself. After reading over Exodus, I decided to write a love letter from God to the church.
God’s Love Letter: Friendship with God
based on the Book of Exodus
David Hino, October 21, 2022
I want to be friends. I found you when you were a slave and set you free. I have given you a new home but you will have to defeat many powerful enemies to claim your land. Therefore, you must become more powerful than your enemies. The key to becoming a powerful warrior is first becoming my friend.
Your weapons will not be your strength, your smarts, or your sword. Your weapon is our friendship. Friendship is only developed when we spend time together. Follow my cloud even when you go in the opposite direction, the “wrong” direction or the longer route. This is not a 10 day journey, this is a journey of decades. The journey is meant to be hard and sometimes painful. The journey will expose your heart, fears, complaints and insecurities. Remember, I am your best friend even when the journey becomes difficult and you are tempted to become distant from me. I will help you grow into the person you were meant to be.
I have given you commandments. The key commandments are to love me and love others. (Exodus 20; Matthew 22:37-40) It is easy to love me when things are good but I want you to love me when things are difficult. I love you even when you reject me. External obedience to my commandments is not enough. My commandments must become the very essence of your being. (Hebrews 8:8-12)
Church, I love you and I want to be your friend. Moses was my friend. Exodus 33:11, “The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.” Moses loved me. He listened to me. He spent time with me. And I showed Moses my glory. I showed him the commandments. I showed him how to lead millions and defeat the nations. Moses was a model for you.
The closer our friendship, the more glory I can show you. The closer our friendship, the closer you can look into my face. The closer our friendship, the more enemies who will be defeated. The closer our friendship makes you one more step closer to restoring the home I desire for you.
God, your best friend