Who God Really Is

Who God Really Is

 

Exodus 34:6: He passed in front of Moses, and said, “I am the LORD, I am the LORD, the merciful and gracious God. I am slow to anger and rich in unfailing love and faithfulness.”

 

Who is God really? The big guy in charge of the world? Someone who demands that we worship and love him, or he’ll send us to hell? An all-powerful person who supposedly can do anything, but mostly doesn’t?

           

We all have many ideas about who God is and what he is like. One of the best pictures is found here in Exodus 34. Here, God told Moses exactly what he was like. What was that?

 

Compassionate. God understands where we hurt and he feels that hurt with us. He wants only to help us and make us feel safe in the world.

 

Gracious. God has many gifts. He owns the whole world. And his grace means he wants to give those gifts to all of us. He wants to make eternity in heaven one huge Christmas celebration.

 

Slow to anger. You may think God gets angry easily, but he really doesn’t. If he ever got truly angry with us, where would we be? But God is slow to anger. He is constantly patient, giving us the time and opportunity to change.

 

Abounding in lovingkindness. God is full of love. 1 John 4:16 says he is love itself. “God is love.” He wants to pour out h is love on each of us.

 

Does that give you a better picture of who God is?

 

Prayer: Lord, I praise you that you are the greatest of all, and I trust you. Amen.

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