‘The Lord is slow to anger and filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion.”
“But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.”
Moses interceded for the people of Israel by declaring to God some of his characteristics. He was and still is a patient, merciful, loving and forgiving God. The people of Israel were often stiff necked and disobedient which caused the leaders great consternation. Yet God knew their tendencies and still loved them without condition. Man’s tendency to say and do the wrong thing at the worst possible time hasn’t changed over all these years. The Lord knows we still have a predisposition to do that which is unwise and impulsive because he created us. God is inclined to forgive whatever we have said or done if we will confess and reform our ways.
Paul, who knew the Law inside and out, tells Roman believers in chapter 2 verse 13 of that epistle “… merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight.” In other words, men is not condemned for what they don’t know, but for what they do (or don’t do) with what they do know. God condemns no man; men condemn themselves to hell by their own actions or inactions.
The never-ending love of God will not allow him to turn his back on any of us in spite of our indiscretions. If must allow the Holy Spirit to move upon our hearts daily so we will end up living lives that fall more in line with the standards of God. Living any old way we choose won’t cause God to give up on you, but it will delay your conversion to the truth that will change your life. The Lord has all the qualities we are looking for. Emulate his example and find peace. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible; Tyndale House Publishers.