FRIDAY, MARCH 22
“And Moses … bowed his head
… and worshipped.”
KNOWING GOD’S NATURE
To replace the two tables of Ten Commandments which Moses had broken, God instructed him to now hew two tables of stone and write the same words on them. The next day, Moses rose up early and went up to Mount Sinai with them. Then the LORD descended in the cloud, stood with Moses, and proclaimed the name of the LORD as He passed by saying, “… The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation” (Exod 34:6-7).
God chose to proclaim His attributes at this point, reminding us that the Ten Commandments are closely linked to and reflect who He is and His character. The more we understand God’s character, the better we are in responding to Him and all of life’s situations. Memorizing, meditating on, and looking at life through the lens of who God is will enable us to have faith and trust in Him, instead of having fears and complaints. The Westminster Shorter Catechism’s biblical answer to what is God: “God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.” This reflects Exodus 34:6-7. How can memorizing this statement of God’s nature help us? When faced with situations and trials that we cannot understand, and that seem insurmountable, we can be reminded that God has the infinite power to solve our problems if He wishes, and if not then, in His infinite and unchangeable goodness, He has a reason and purpose. And since He is infinite in holiness, justice, goodness and truth, what He chooses to allow is always the best for us and He never does anything sinful, unjust, and unrighteous. His promises are always true and we must trust Him by faith. God revealed His nature for a purpose: that we may know Him and respond to Him rightly always.
THOUGHT: I should memorize WSC#4 and see life through it.
PRAYER: LORD, help me to know Thee better through Thy nature.