A Merciful Father

A Merciful Father

September 19

Read: EXODUS 34:1-9

I (Gail) once inadvertently broke a window in anger. I was horrified and ashamed. Usually slow to anger, I certainly was not that day.

God reminds Moses of the tablets with God’s words, inscribed by God’s own finger, broken as a result of Moses’s anger. It seems Moses was quick to anger also.

God has every right to be angry with us as we, too, break his word. Yet he is compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. He is merciful when we have broken his trust, when our lives are broken and lost. He forgives us when we are unmerciful and judgmental. He is somehow even faithful when we disobey.

“Great is thy faithfulness, great is thy faithfulness, morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed thy hand hath provided—great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!” (Thomas Chrisholm, Covenant Hymnal, #78).

Master, if you see anything good in us, your servants, please: go with us and forgive our iniquity and sin. Own us, possess us, have mercy on us (adapted from The Message). AMEN.

About the Author

Rick and Gail Mylander are lifelong Covenanters. They are currently serving at Bethlehem Covenant in Minneapolis where Rick is transitional lead pastor, but are members of Newport Covenant Church in Bellevue, Washington.

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