The prayers of young children show us what they think of God. Here are two I read recently:
“Dear God, what does it mean that You are a jealous God? I thought You had everything.”
“I didn’t think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset You made on Tuesday. That was cool.”
These children are right to think of God as the owner and creator of everything, the One who can paint beautiful sunsets. But how does God describe Himself?
Moses needed an answer to that question when he was about to lead the Israelites into the wilderness. He wanted to be assured of God’s presence and leading, so he asked Him to reveal Himself. In response, God came down in a cloud and said: “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth,….by no means clearing the guilty.” He is good; He is just.
We too can know this God and be assured of His presence. He has revealed Himself in His creation and in His Word. As we ask Him to make Himself known to us, we’ll learn that He is even more than the owner and creator of everything!
Exodus 33:13 (NASB)
Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight. Consider too, that this nation is Your people.”
Exodus 33:18 (NASB)
Then [a]Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!”
Exodus 34: 5-6 (NASB)
5 The Lord descended in the cloud and stood there with him as [a]he called upon the name of the Lord. 6 Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and [b]truth. 7 who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished.”
There is only one way to describe our Father: He is a Great God and Father!