And the LORD passed before [Moses] 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, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and fourth generation.” Exodus 34:6 NKJV (Emphasis mine)
Happy Thanksgiving! As we know who God really is, we find He is so worthy of our gratitude and praise!
Moses wanted to see the LORD. The LORD said Moses couldn’t see Him face to face, but He honored the request and hid Moses in the cleft of a rock so he could see the LORD pass by him. The LORD proclaimed to Moses, and us, some of His character traits: merciful; gracious; longsuffering; abounding in goodness and truth; forgiving; just, as He doesn’t clear the guilty except through the blood of Christ.
Merciful. The LORD is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. Psalm 103:8 NLT
Patience, longsuffering. Jesus patiently corrected His disciples when they didn’t understand or were distracted by other things like their own position. He didn’t give up, even knowing that one would betray Him. The Lord dealt with Israel’s disobedience and lack of trust as the Israelites wandered in the desert for forty years. He still patiently and lovingly cared for them and protected them. God knew before He ever saved them from slavery that they would be unfaithful, just as He knows we will fail and fall into sin. God is long-suffering and doesn’t quit on us, either. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus. Romans 15:5 NKJV
Forgiving. But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him. Daniel 9:9 NLT
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV
Jesus showed that He had the power to forgive sins. A paralytic’s friends wanted Jesus to heal their companion. With no room to get through a crowd to Jesus, they tore up part of the roof and let the man down through the hole they had made. When Jesus saw their faith, He told the paralytic, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” The scribes and Pharisees questioned, “Who is this that speaks blasphemies? Who is able to forgive sins but God only?” When Jesus perceived their questionings, Jesus said, “Why do you question in your hearts? Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” –he said to the man that was paralyzed- “I say to you, rise, take up your bed and go home.” Immediately the man was healed. He picked up his bed and went home glorifying God. Luke 5:17-26 RSV
Righteous. But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. Romans 3:21-22 NIV
There is so much to know about the Lord. The more we know Him, the closer we will be to Him, and the more thankful we will be. Let’s list the things we are thankful for, starting with the character traits of God Himself. Thank God for each item on our list. If each petal on a sunflower represents something we are thankful for, how full will our sunflowers be?
What are you thankful for? Please share. I’d love to see a long list on the comment section of my blog.
Thank you, Lord God, for being You. Thank you for being the God of mercy, love, forgiveness, righteousness, and patience. Thank you for abounding in goodness and truth. I can trust You in all things. May I be quick to give You thanks and praise. In the name of Jesus, my Savior, I pray. Amen.
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