The Glory of God
Daily Bible Reading – Exodus 33,34; Psalm 16; Acts 9
Today’s Key Passage – Exodus 33:18 – 34:10
In today’s key passage, Moses asked to see God’s glory because he wanted to know that God was with him and he wanted to experience God’s presence. Because of our sinfulness and imperfections, we are unable to stand in the presence of a perfect God and see His face, we are only able to see where He has passed by through the things that He has done, so God agreed to pass by Moses and allow him to experience His glory. God’s glory is the summation of His character and His nature, so when God came down in the cloud and passed by Moses to reveal His glory to him, we should pay special attention to exactly what God said. God could have shown Moses His power and His authority. He could have demonstrated His vengeance and wrath. Instead, God showed Moses His love. As God passed by Moses, He described his glory – His very character and being when He said, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.” In these simple two sentences, God explains His entire character to us. He is compassionate and gracious. He is slow to anger. He loves all of us and is faithful to us. He forgives us, but also believes in justice for the guilty. If you have been looking for a way to describe God, then these two sentences are for you.
I hear many people say that the God of the Old Testament is a vengeful God who is full of wrath and the God of the New Testament is a God of love. These two sentences prove that this thinking is false. Our God is a never-changing God. He has always been the same and will always be the same, even if our perceptions of Him change over time. Since the beginning, though, God has really been about one thing more than any other – Love. He created us out of love. He gave us His only Son out of love. He will one day allow us all to live with Him in paradise because of His love. His love is our whole reason for being. The best part is that we can share that love with others. We can love others as He loves us – not on our own of course, but through faith in Jesus Christ, we can share His unending love with everyone we meet. The next time anyone asks you to describe God, you can do so with one simple word – Love.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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Posted on February 2, 2013, in 02 - Exodus and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, God's Character, Jesus, Love, Questioning God, Religion. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.