Ex. 34:5-7 Then the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud and called out his own name, “the LORD” as Moses stood there in his presence. He passed in front of Moses and said, “I am the LORD, the merciful and gracious God. I am slow to anger and rich in unfailing love and faithfulness. I show this unfailing love to many thousands by forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion….”
Hear what the Lord has to say about himself. He is merciful and gracious. He is slow to anger and rich in unfailing love and faithfulness. He forgives every kind of sin and rebellion. Here are just a couple of thoughts to ponder.
It takes a lot to get the Lord angry with us. Oh, He does get angry, but it takes a lot. He doesn’t treat us with an iron hand, but with mercy and grace. God is love and He never fails to love us. Everything that He does He does because of His love for us. We may not understand how what comes our way is an act of love, but it is. God knows what lies before us and allows us to go through situations today that prepare us for our tomorrows. He knows us better than we do and is always striving to help us to get to where we need to be. Also, there is no sin that is greater than God’s ability or desire to forgive. We may spurn His love and prevent Him from forgiving us, but if we turn to Him for repentance, He can and will forgive us.
God is the Lord, the ruler over all that is. He is ruler over heaven and earth. He is ruler over all the heavens and everything therein. No one or anything can take away His lordship from Him. He forever has been and always will be Lord. He is the giver and sustainer of all life. Every knee that has ever graced this world shall bow before Him. Every knee in heaven bows before Him. He is the one and only exalted one. The Lord is His name, merciful, patient, forgiving and gracious, both now and forever.
Are you doing anything that might stir up God’s anger against you? Do your actions and thoughts betray your profession of faith in Him? Do you have unconfessed sin that is eating away at your righteousness? Do you speak hurtful words to others that demean, damage or destroy them? Let us examine our hearts today and see if there is anything there that might be stirring up God’s anger against us. He is rich in unfailing love and is faithful to us, but we can make Him angry with us. Only the pure in heart shall see God.