Some doubt that God exists.
Others say he’s unknowable, incomprehensible, enigmatic.
We have an entire volume of books and letters dedicated to him, and yet he is described simply as the GREAT I AM.
Can we know the true nature of God?
Exodus 34:6-7 gives us a good idea.
“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, 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.’ ”
Here's what we learn about God:
1. He is merciful. He forgives us when he doesn’t have to.
2. He is gracious. He treats us in a kind manner, as a friend.
3. He is slow to anger. He puts up with our nonsense.
4. He abounds in steadfast love. He looks on us with adoring eyes.
5. He also abounds in faithfulness. He supports our efforts to live for him.
6. He has steadfast love for thousands. This is generations … a thousand generations.
7. He forgives iniquity, transgression and sin. He only asks that we repent.
We also learn of God’s no-nonsense side:
8. He will not clear the guilty. We must want his forgiveness to receive it.
9. He visits our wrongdoing on our children and grandchildren. He holds humanity accountable.
Go ahead. Say that God doesn’t exist. Say he’s unknowable, incomprehensible, and enigmatic.
It won’t change the truth. God is the GREAT I AM, powerful and great, and his nature is revealed in the Word of God.
Look up to God. He’s there, waiting on us to find him.
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