In Exodus 33, Moses said to God, “Please, show me Your glory” (v.18, NKJV). One might assume that God would top the burning bush episode, or exceed the miracle He performed at the Red Sea.
Instead, God’s response was sobering but powerful: “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live. … you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen” (v.18-20, 23). Ultimately, God described Himself as “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth” (Exod. 34:6).
God’s power is evident not only in the grand miracles we see in this world, but also in the power of His mercy and goodness. God is present and powerful when we least deserve it and when we can’t do it on our own.
As the hymn goes, “To God be the Glory, great things He hath done. So loved He the world that He gave us His Son.”
Reflect + Pray
1. Consider a time when God provided a sign, like a burning bush, or the parting of the Red Sea. Ask Him to make you mindful of His power on display.
2. Now reflect on how God’s goodness and mercy are powerful in your daily life. Thank Him for that goodness, and ask Him to help you receive that gift each day.
3. Pray for divine protection and safety for all those traveling to Nashville, Tenn., for Foursquare Connection 2019 next week.
4. Please lift up all GO Teams and short-term missions trips being planned for this summer. Ask God to provide funding and courage for those He has called to bring a lasting impact to the teams and to those they reach through ministry.
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