4th February 2013

Major On Mercy

“…Please, show me Your glory.”
Exodus 33:18 (NKJV)

What would you say is the single, most outstanding thing about God?  What’s His most important characteristic?

Some people would say it’s His power; others, His holiness. But God Himself would give a different answer.  You can find the answer in Exodus 33, where Moses is asking God to show him His glory.

Now the word ‘glory’ could literally be translated ‘heavy weight’.  It refers to the heaviest, biggest, grandest thing about someone. It’s the sum total of their worth.

So what Moses was actually saying was, “Lord I want to see the weightiest thing about You. I want to know Your grandest attributes.” What did God say to him in response?

Chapter 34:6-7 tells us, “And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin…”

Just think about that! When Moses asked God to show him the most important thing about Himself, God showed His mercy.

That means if you and I are to imitate God as we are urged in Ephesians 5:1, we must major in mercy too. Mercy, goodness, forgiveness and compassion must mark our behaviour above all else.

Major on mercy and others will see the glory of God in you and me.

Thank you, Father God, for being merciful to us.  Please help us, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to be merciful to others.

Study by Allan Frankcom

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