We Don't Know God As Well As We Think We Do
Not every individual in the Old Testament was intimately acquainted with God. Although possessing great faith, some had limited insight into the Lord’s attributes and character.
Most of the ancient world was persuaded that God was retributive. The deities in that era were thought to be bloodthirsty despots. They believed that it took a pound of flesh to offset the mounting anger.
Nevertheless, there was a handful of people who truly knew the Heavenly Father. Their heartfelt engagement with Him provides a window into the wondrous reality of His mercy.
Moses was one of these individuals. In the midst of a tragically violent world, he grasped the benevolent heart of the Creator.
Although his countrymen did terrible things, and genuinely deserved punishment, Moses appealed to God's abundant mercy.
On one occasion he prayed the following: “Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Israel’” (Exodus 32:9-10).
As Moses uttered this audacious prayer, the Heavenly Father responded favorably. Scripture affirms, “Then the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened” (Exodus 32:14).
From a purely covenantal sense, Israel should have been wiped out. God had every right to rigidly judge their disobedience. Yet, the Lord withheld his wrath because someone had the guts to petition and plead with Him.
Moses boldly sought mercy because he truly knew the Lord.
What about you? Are you genuinely acquainted with the goodness and love of the Heavenly Father? Do you know how to wrestle with who He really is?