Key Verse: And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness – Exodus 34:6
God told Moses on Mount Sinai, “I am slow to anger! God is slow to anger even though we give him ample reason to be angry with us because of our sin. What a wonderful God we have who shows grace and compassion in abundance. God’s grace goes beyond merely sustaining us and giving us the basics for survival. He bestows us with gifts, tailor-made and bespoke to each one of us because he knows our hearts and our lives.
Someone once wrote: When a person works an eight-hour day and receives a fair day’s pay for his time, that is a wage. When a person competes with an opponent and receives a trophy for his performance, that is a prize. When a person receives appropriate recognition for his long service or high achievements, that is an award. But when a person is not capable of earning a wage, can win no prize, and deserves no award—yet receives such a gift anyway—that is a good picture of God’s unmerited favor. This is what we mean when we talk about the grace of God.
God doesn’t overlook our sin. Rather like a good friend or a devoted father, he gives us time to repent and come back to him because of His grace. 2 Chronicles 30:9 informs us, “For the LORD your God is gracious and merciful. If you return to him, he will not continue to turn his face from you.”
When God uses the word “abounding,” he wants us to realize that the resources of his love are not limited. Grace, like love, keeps no record of wrongs but delights in forgiveness and the restoration of broken relationships. As we begin to draw closer to the Lord in our daily walk with him, let us pray that some of his graciousness would be manifested in our lives to those around us, enabling us to be gracious and compassionate to them as He is gracious and compassionate to us.