Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend (Exodus 33:11)
To this day, a dominant image of God is as transcendent, totally other, separate from us. This passage does not reject that image. Rather there is more to God than that. God is immanent as well. While not in the unique way that the LORD was present to Moses, God is with us. This relational aspect of God is important for we relational beings. Thus part of what this passage calls us to is to cultivate a close, warm relationship with God – as ‘a friend’.
This is easier said than done, especially if there is a conflict with someone’s image of God: how can I be close to someone who is remote? Thus our dealings with young people in this regard (as with many others) will need to be gentle. Our teaching, our modelled behaviour, and the opportunities we provide them for prayer are factors. In the end, it will happen in God’s time, the kairos time – and we are blessed to play our role.
Have a great week!