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Vance Havnerby Vance Havner

Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons. Acts 10:34

And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face as a man speaketh unto his friend. Exodus 33:11

Someone said it well, “God has intimates but no favorites.” He has no pets. He may seem to grant to some more success, greater blessings, than to others but, whatever the reasons are, known best to Himself, favoritism is not one of them. He sends rain upon the just and the unjust. He is no respecter of persons.

But He has closer fellowship with some, reveals Himself to them more fully, confides in them His deepest secrets. So He did with Enoch, with Abraham, “the friend of God,” with Moses, not because of special merit in them or favoritism with Him, but because in His sovereign will He chose to do so.

Yet any man can know God more intimately. “Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you.”

Jesus promised to manifest Himself to the obedient heart (John 14:21). We are not servants but friends, and we can be close friends.

Do not expect to be a favorite, but aspire to be an intimate of God’s. His secret is with them that fear Him.

by Vance Havner

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