As I worshipped the Lord recently during a community worship time at YWAM Worcester, I was struck by a simple yet amazing truth in a refreshing way. As we sang and focused on the faithfulness and goodness of the Lord, I was reminded of Moses so many years ago. My reflection on Moses was different in that I was not thinking about him as just an ancient bible character, but as a real man, in a real world like mine, in a time in his life when he too was wanting to experience and know God.
In Exodus 33:18-19 Moses asks the Lord to show him His glory. And the Lord responded to Moses and said that He would make all His goodness pass before him, and when He did this He would proclaim His name to Moses. Then in the next chapter of Exodus, God passes by in front of Moses and says, “The Lord, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and faithfulness” (34:6). As I reflected on the significance of this encounter that Moses had with God I realised that I was having the same experience as I worshipped God. I was hearing Him proclaim to me, “I am the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and faithfulness.” What an amazing thing to hear and even more amazing to know that God has never changed. He is always the same. He is constant in His compassion and grace towards us. He is not an angry God! He abounds in love towards us and He is always faithful in all His ways.
I can only imagine that this was so encouraging for Moses to hear in a time in his personal life that he needed desperately to hear from God. In the middle of his struggles with leading the people of Israel in the desert he cried out for some reassurance and comfort from the Lord. And what a response he received from the Lord!
This is the same God we worship today. He has not changed. He is the same as He was that day thousands of years ago when He spoke to Moses. And He is still speaking the same thing to us today. Our encouragement and hope is in knowing that He is still that same God. He will always speak to us who He is for our encouragement and we can always depend on who He is in every situation we find ourselves.
My desire is that wherever you find yourself today you will hear Him proclaiming to you, “I am the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and faithfulness.”