3/09/2010

Seek and You Will Find

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Each Tuesday morning I do a chapel service for the 3 and 4 year old classes in our daycare.  As I was looking through today's lesson, the following verse came up:


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
An amazing verse I think.  There are two components to this verse that should in some way shape every day of our lives.  First is God's revelation of who He is.  Second is our response to that revelation.

God's revelation of who He is


The first thing that happens in these verses is that God reveals to Moses aspects of His own character and person. A couple of things stick out at me about this.  One, that God would actually reveal directly to us who He is.  He desires intimacy with us, He desires us to know Him.  He doesn't need these things, He desires them.  He doesn't need us, He desires us.  What an incredible truth this is.  Secondly, the actual content of God's self revelation is staggering.  He reveals Himself to be our Lord, merciful, full of love and faithfulness, forgiving, just, and a hater of sin.  I love how He makes no discernible transition from what we would consider more desirable traits like mercy and love to those traits we sometimes gloss over like justice and wrath.  To God they are (and therefore should be to us) all just different aspects of who He is.  None is more or less important than any of the others.

Our response to God's revelation

Moses's response to God's revelation was simple: worship.  When the God of the universe reveals himself to us the only appropriate response is to offer Him our worship.  It seems that if we are not moved to worship then perhaps we have not actually heard from God at all.  A search through scripture will show that when God reveals Himself to someone, worship follows.  Isaiah in his vision of the Lord in the temple and Peter on the Sea of Galilee fishing are just two examples.

It should amaze and humble us that God would choose to speak to us, that He would enable us to know Him intimately as He knows us.  Thanks to Jesus Christ and His death and resurrection that is exactly what Has been made available to us who believe.  We are fools when we do not take advantage of this.  We are fools not to seek Him diligently in His word and through prayer.  He desires to reveal Himself to us, He promises that when we seek Him with all our heart we will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13).  Make time to seek Him today and everyday.

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