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Exodus 34:6-7 – What is God Like?

Feb 4 Exodus 34 6-7 NKJV

A little boy was working hard on drawing a picture and his daddy asked him what he was doing. The son replied, “Drawing a picture of God.” His daddy said, “You can’t do that, honey. Nobody knows what God looks like.” But the little boy was undeterred and continued to draw. Without stopping his work, he looked at his picture with satisfaction and said very matter-of-factly, “They will in a few minutes.”

We may not know what God’s physical features are, but from the beginning of the Bible, He reveals His attributes to us so that we know what He is like. In Exodus 34:6-7, rather than painting a picture a visual description of God, he writes a list about God’s invisible qualities. From this, we learn that God is merciful and gracious. He is longsuffering and willing to forgive. We also learn that God will not spare the wicked from punishment.

In Exodus 33:12-13, Moses asked God to teach him more about God’s ways. Moses said, “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people.’ But You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.’ Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight.” In response to Moses’ request for God to show him more about who He was, God passes by Moses and proclaims the attributes about Himself, revealing to Moses more about His character. God wanted Moses (and us) to know that He is not an impersonal God. Instead, He is a God that loves us, unconditionally, while also being a just God who will punish sin. The result of God’s revelation to Moses was that Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped God because Moses knew all he needed to accomplish the task God had called him to do was the presence of God.

When was the last time we cried out to God and said, “Lord show me more of your ways?” Just as God answered Moses, God will answer us today. It might be through scripture that you read or in a sermon from your pastor or a song on the radio. When our desire to know more about God is a longing that is from the heart, God will reveal Himself. Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” How bad do you really want to know more about God? How much do you long for the presence of God to lead you to what He’s called you to do?

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