God’s Love is Steadfast
Prepare your Heart
Spend some time reading today’s verses multiple times. Make sure to read them in context of the verses around them, the chapter they are in, and the book they are in. Before beginning today’s devotion, take time to prepare your heart before the Lord in prayer. Ask that God, through His Spirit, would bring to life the truths of today’s verses and help you see how they apply to your life. While this journal is a tool to guide your time with the Lord, nothing can replace the power of personal prayer and preparation.
“6 The Lord passed in front of Moses, calling out, “Yahweh! The Lord! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. 7 I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But I do not excuse the guilty. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations.” — Exodus 34:6-7
“The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.” — Psalm 103:8
The steadfast love of God is prominent throughout the Bible. In our passage in Exodus, Moses had been on Mount Sinai receiving God’s law of life for his newly liberated people of Israel. But those same people were committing spiritual adultery with a golden calf. Even though God had recently delivered them from slavery, they had dumped God for a shiny cow. Surely the Lord had grounds to throw His hands up in disgust and move on from these stubborn people. Yet He did not; His love was steadfast.
Although Israel deserved destruction, God responded graciously to Moses’ intercession for these unworthy people. He spared them from His wrath, promised His continuing presence with them, and even granted Moses the privilege of passing by and displaying His glory as Moses stood in the crevasse of the mountain.
Look at the words of the Lord as He passed by Moses. Is God holy? Does He hate sin? Yes, and absolutely! But what are the first qualities He wants you to see? He wants you to see that although He is the Lord God Almighty, He is a God of mercy, grace, and patience. He wants you to rest in His abounding steadfast love that endures forever. Again, He is holy and demands our allegiance. But He is also merciful and forgiving in spite of our sin.
He knows our struggles. He understands the great temptations we battle both night and day. Like a father who shows great pity and compassion for his weak and faltering children, He tells us over and over again throughout scripture that He is “compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” How can we respond to such love? God wants us to know and live in the amazing truth that our sin has been completely, unalterably, perfectly removed from us. He wants you to embrace the truth that as far as the east is from the west, that is how far our sin has been removed. It is an unmeasurable and boundless forgiveness. It is His steadfast love.
Questions for Thought:
- Do you allow yourself to be under the weight of guilt for your sin? How do you think God would want you to live?
- How can being rooted in God's steadfast love and grace help you in your daily walk with the Lord?
God’s Mission, Your Mission
Too often our mission can be compromised by lies. Satan wants you to believe that your sins, your past, your struggle disqualifies you from God’s mission. Maybe you think it is possible to deplete God’s love for you. He replies that the “earth is full” of it (Psalm 33:5). We can know that our sins will not overwhelm His love because He loves to “adorn” the humble with salvation (Psalm 149:4). When we think our sins are just too great, we need to remember the cross. At great cost to Himself, God removes every impediment that would separate us from Him. He places all our transgressions upon His Son and He pours out our punishment upon Jesus. God transfers the perfect record of Jesus to us, and then He actually gives us His Holy Spirit! God loves you that much!
Now ask yourself the question in light of what has been said: Do your sin, your past, your struggles disqualify you from God’s mission for your life? The answer as seen in the witness of Scripture is that you are not disqualified, but rather, through the Gospel of Jesus Christ you are perfectly qualified to be on mission for God.