February 8 | Exodus 34:6-7
“So the Lord passed by in front of him and cried out, “The Lord, the Lord, a God compassionate and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving guilt and wrongdoing and sin, but who will not leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the sins of the fathers on the children and on the children’s children to the third at the fourth-generation.”” (Exodus 34:6–7)
What does forever look like to you? We are so tied to the reality of time that we can’t imagine what eternity will be like. All we can figure is that it’s going to be a very long time.
Moses goes up Mount Sinai because he has asked the Lord to show him his glory. And as the Lord passes before him, shielding him from seeing his face, he describes himself and his own terms.
Many people think of God as judgmental, wrathful, and vengeful. But he uses words like compassionate, merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. This is the way we must see God.
God extends his steadfast and everlasting love, to you. Out of this love, he acts with grace, compassion, and mercy toward you. He is your Heavenly Father. He spared you from his wrath and judgment, taking away your sin and forgiving you.
He always has your best interest at heart, working all things together for your holy good. He wants to make you like him so you can join him in heaven for eternity. His love never ends.
Action Step: Look back at your trials and see how God has always been with you. See how he has loved you with an everlasting love. How has he helped you in ways you haven’t thought of before?
I have never known a love like yours, Lord. You have been with me every step of the way, through the good times and the bad. Thank you for your love that keeps me in the center of your will. I bless your name for your grace and mercy toward me today.