The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, 7 keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”
Why have I ever questioned Your faithfulness, God? You define Yourself as faithful and yet I forget to trust You in that. I want to trust You more God. The desire of my heart is to trust You in all things and be lifted up out of the pit by Your faithful hand, because You are faithful.
The world is fallen into deep chaos, God. Idolatry, murder, sexual immorality, and evil of all kinds commands this world in an orchestra of personal passion mixed with the screams of the innocent. It can be pretty terrifying, God. Evil rules and evil wins all the time. We are barraged with the cannon fire of the enemy at every turn. The spiritual battle waged against us is real. It is painful. It is discouraging. It is real.
But, You, Oh God, are faithful.
You answer evil with the victory of Jesus. You answer hatred with the love of forgiveness. You answer the lusts of the flesh with the intimacy of unconditional acceptance. Why would anyone choose anything else? You abound in steadfast love and yet the world mocks what You offer and chooses to go their own way. How it must break Your heart to see people stubbornly refuse Your love and faithfulness. How it must sadden You to watch people twist Your offer of acceptance into a license to do whatever pleases them.
People are ruled by the desires of their own hearts. People have chosen to decide for themselves what is “good” and what is “evil”. From the moment Adam and Eve ate from the tree, people stopped trusting You and chose instead to trust themselves. People will permit all sorts of evil now, God. How it must sadden You!
Trusting You is the better way. You bring order from chaos. You offer life over death. You bring restoration instead of decay. It’s pretty clear that Your way is the better way, because Your way brings life! In a world that longs to live forever, why would anyone choose to go their own way? Why would anyone choose death over life? Help me to show them, God. Help me to tell them. Help me to live so that others want life, too.
Life is found in You alone.
Here is a message from Nasser al’Qahtani regarding Exodus 34:6-7.