Today’s Bible reading took me to Exodus 34. Here’s something that struck me:
The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped. (Exodus 34:6-8)
Moses’ worship was spontaneous, based on God revealing himself not only as just and holy, but also as merciful, kind, gracious, and forgiving sin. God is a God of hope and mercy. I thought of Romans 2:4,
Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?