Get to know God better with today’s lesson on His character.
“The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness…” (Exodus 34:6)
In Exodus 34:6 we see the words that God used when describing Himself to Moses. Compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness – is that how you think of God? Or do you think of God as a distant Father who simply exists to judge us for our sins?
We know that God loves us, we’ve heard that all of our lives. But I wonder if we fully understand the character of God and His ability to give us all that we have ever wanted or needed?
One of the phrases in this verse that speaks to me the most is when God refers to Himself as being “slow to anger.” I’ve got to say that I am not always slow to anger. In fact, I can go from zero to hysterical in a matter of seconds. Even with the people I love the most, I can become angry and frustrated quickly if I do not seek God in all situations.
I think that so often we assume that God reacts the same way that we do. When we do something that is disappointing to God, we are afraid that He will become angry or upset with our behavior. While I do believe that God’s heart breaks when we sin, I also know that He is faithful. If He says that He is slow to anger, He means it.
He didn’t put conditions on His responses. He didn’t say, “I am slow to anger unless you do something really bad” or “I will be compassionate and gracious if you read the Bible at least once a day.” God is not merely describing his reactions, He’s describing his character. It is His nature to be loving, faithful, forgiving, and gracious to us and we don’t even deserve a glance from Him. He is in love with us and wants to show us His amazing love and compassion. However, in order for Him to do that, we must be willing to run after Him with all of our hearts.
Don’t think of God as a distant Father that stands in Heaven waiting to judge you. Instead, realize that He is the father who stands in Heaven loving you and ready to bring you peace. He is the Savior who came to save your life and offer you more compassion and grace than you could ever imagine. He is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in love and faithfulness.
As you go through your day today, ask God to reveal His character to you. Ask Him to remind you that He is faithful and true in a world that is anything but. Pursue Him each and every day and know that in return, He will be pursuing you.
Father, Thank you that You do not react the way that I do. Thank you for grace, for mercy for peace and for love. Help me to live as someone who truly believes that You are who You say You are. Amen
Questions: How do you see God? Do you see him as gracious and slow to anger? Ask Him to reveal His true character to you today.