The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness,

EXODUS 34:6

It’s amazing how three words can change the trajectory of a morning. “I love you.” In our household we are never sure the type of morning that we will have. We make breakfast, make sure the kids have lunch, ready ourselves for work, walk kids to bus stops, and rush out the door. But as we embark in the different directions we always say, “I love you.” Hearing those words can change the course of the morning and point us in the right direction. 

What an incredible reminder God gives to Moses. God tells Moses that He is “merciful, gracious, slow to anger, and “abounding” in steadfast love and faithfulness.” God reminds Moses of the deep love that He has for him. This reminder came at the perfect time while encountering God for the second time on Mount Sinai, receiving the two tablets with the 10 commandments engraved on them.

Moses was walking through a wilderness season in his life. He was overwhelmed with grief due to his sister Miriam passing (Num 20:1), the people that he led had turned their backs on God and convinced Aaron to make them a golden calf so that they had something to worship (Ex. 33). Moses allows his grief, anger, frustration, and his lack of belief in God lead to a moment of aggressive behavior (Num. 20:11), and God disciplines Moses by informing him that he will not be allowed to lead the people of Israel into the promised land of Canaan (Num. 20:12).

Moses needed to hear from God. He needed to be reminded of God’s steadfast love. That’s exactly what God does for him. Even though he made a mistake, even though it seemed like he failed as a leader, even though he was overwhelmed with grief God responds with His abounding steadfast love and faithfulness.

Some may ask why God would respond so generously towards Moses. It’s because this is who our God is. His love is abounding for us regardless of what we do or don’t do. He never changes, remains faithful, and stays the same no matter what’s happening in the world around us. That same abounding love that He has for Moses is directed to us. He has showed us how much He loves us by the cross and the resurrection of His Son.

QUESTIONS

  • Where in your life do you have a hard time believing in God’s generous abounding love for you?
  • How can you reciprocate His love for you by being abounding in your love to others?

PRAYER

Father, remind me of your abounding steadfast love and faithfulness as I still my heart before you. May that love continue to change and transform my heart into what you have always desired for me. May the abounding love of your Son cause me to love others more generously. Amen.

Today’s devotional was prayed over and prepared by Ryan Richardson, Pastor of Young Adults  

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