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Listen And Prosper : Daily Christian Prayers, Bible Verses & Devotionals


The Nature of God

‘And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abound in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.’ Exodus 34:6-7 (NIV).

Many people think that the God of the Old Testament is a God of wrath, to be appeased and viewed with fear. But that is not true. These words from God to Moses give us a better understanding of the nature of God. God gave Moses a vision of His love and mercy. God’s glory is revealed in His mercy, grace, compassion, faithfulness, forgiveness and justice. This is who He is first and foremost.

Don’t accept anyone’s argument that God is vengeful and full of anger. He is forgiving, loving and slow to anger. Explore for ourselves the many examples in the Old Testament where God turned from anger and showed mercy towards the Israelites for their stubbornness and rebellion towards Him.

Think of the times where He listened to the complaints of His people, yet guided them through the wilderness, nourished them with fresh water and food, ensured their shoes and clothing did not wear out and provided them with houses to dwell in.

Today as we journey with God, if we dare to think that God has forgotten us, is punishing us or turned away in anger, let’s remember again all His benefits towards us. Have we food on our table, a roof over our head, friends to laugh and converse with, a warm bed to sleep in?

Prayer:

‘Dear Lord, you are more loving and merciful than I can ever begin to imagine. Forgive me when I doubt your kindness towards me. Help me to stop and remember all that I have is because of your love for me. Thank you.’

In Jesus’ Mighty Name,

AMEN!


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Final Thoughts:

This is the nature of God being made known to us. He is our provider, our comforter, our protector, our friend. His extravagant love abounds towards us. How deeply intimate and far-reaching it is! His is endless love beyond measure that transcends our understanding and is poured into us until we are overflowing with the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19).

Have we been guilty of misunderstanding the nature of our God? Have we harbored thoughts in our heart that are contrary to who He really is? Let’s be reminded again of His devotion to His children and rejoice for we serve an eternally loving and merciful God.

Be Greatly Blessed!


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