Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness…”
In Exodus 34, God invited Moses to bring two stone tablets up on Mt. Sinai for the giving of the law. This was the second trip up the mountain for Moses. The first time he returned to find the Israelites dancing around a golden calf. In his anger, he threw the tablets to the ground “breaking them into pieces.” God graciously invited him again and promised to write “the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke.”
Early in the morning, Moses made his way up the mountain. The Lord came down in a cloud, stood with Moses and proclaimed his name and his character. He introduced himself as the “LORD” (“Yahweh” in Hebrew), which explains that God depends on no one or no thing for his existence. Then God described his character. He is compassionate, gracious, patient, loving and faithful. Those were words Moses needed to hear . . . and words we need to hear.
Today, thank God for his compassion – his affection that leads to action. Thank God for his grace – acceptance without condition. Thank God for his patience – his slowness to become angry. Thank God for his love – the love that sent Jesus to the cross to pay the penalty for your sin. Thank God for his faithfulness – He will always keep his promises. Thank God that through his Holy Spirit, he is standing with you right now.
Father, thank you for who you are and what you do for us. Thank you for your attributes described in today’s passage. May we live a life that demonstrates our gratefulness for your great generosity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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