A God We Can Trust

  • July 02, 2020
Thursday 02

Exodus 32:1-14

Many believers worry that God might reject them if they sin too much, fail to read the Bible daily, or displease Him in some other way. But our salvation and trust in God is based upon His unchanging character.

 The false notion that God would reject a person He has saved springs from a simplistic view of His nature. We tend to attribute one emotion to God at a time–for example, we might assume He is either angry or loving. In reality, the Father’s nature is far more complex than that. Think about our own simultaneous emotions: Just as we can love a child unconditionally while feeling upset over his or her actions, God can too—but with omniscience and perfect motives. And remember, the righteous anger that led Him to threaten the Israelites with punishment did not replace His care for them.

Some people point to passages like today’s reading to try to prove that God changes His mind, and therefore He could reconsider what He’s promised us. But God knew Moses would intercede for the people, just as He knows when we will fall short of His standards for righteousness. The Father rescued us from death anyway and refuses to turn His back on His children for any reason. The immutability of His nature means that God will love us forever, even when we fail.

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1 Now when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people assembled about Aaron and said to him, Come, make us a god who will go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him."

2 Aaron said to them, Tear off the gold rings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me."

3 Then all the people tore off the gold rings which were in their ears and brought them to Aaron.

4 He took this from their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool and made it into a molten calf; and they said, This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt."

5 Now when Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made a proclamation and said, Tomorrow shall be a feast to the LORD."

6 So the next day they rose early and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.

7 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, Go down at once, for your people, whom you brought up from the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves.

8 They have quickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them. They have made for themselves a molten calf, and have worshiped it and have sacrificed to it and said, `This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt!'"

9 The LORD said to Moses, I have seen this people, and behold, they are an obstinate people.

10 Now then let Me alone, that My anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them; and I will make of you a great nation."

11 Then Moses entreated the LORD his God, and said, O LORD, why does Your anger burn against Your people whom You have brought out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?

12 Why should the Egyptians speak, saying, `With evil intent He brought them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy them from the face of the earth'? Turn from Your burning anger and change Your mind about doing harm to Your people.

13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants to whom You swore by Yourself, and said to them, `I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heavens, and all this land of which I have spoken I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.'"

14 So the LORD changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people.

1 Praise the LORD! How blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who greatly delights in His commandments.

2 His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed.

3 Wealth and riches are in his house, And his righteousness endures forever.

4 Light arises in the darkness for the upright; He is gracious and compassionate and righteous.

5 It is well with the man who is gracious and lends; He will maintain his cause in judgment.

6 For he will never be shaken; The righteous will be remembered forever.

7 He will not fear evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.

8 His heart is upheld, he will not fear, Until he looks with satisfaction on his adversaries.

9 He has given freely to the poor, His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted in honor.

10 The wicked will see it and be vexed, He will gnash his teeth and melt away; The desire of the wicked will perish.

1 Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD, Praise the name of the LORD.

2 Blessed be the name of the LORD From this time forth and forever.

3 From the rising of the sun to its setting The name of the LORD is to be praised.

4 The LORD is high above all nations; His glory is above the heavens.

5 Who is like the LORD our God, Who is enthroned on high,

6 Who humbles Himself to behold The things that are in heaven and in the earth?

7 He raises the poor from the dust And lifts the needy from the ash heap,

8 To make them sit with princes, With the princes of His people.

9 He makes the barren woman abide in the house As a joyful mother of children. Praise the LORD!

1 When Israel went forth from Egypt, The house of Jacob from a people of strange language,

2 Judah became His sanctuary, Israel, His dominion.

3 The sea looked and fled; The Jordan turned back.

4 The mountains skipped like rams, The hills, like lambs.

5 What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back?

6 O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, like lambs?

7 Tremble, O earth, before the Lord, Before the God of Jacob,

8 Who turned the rock into a pool of water, The flint into a fountain of water.

1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us, But to Your name give glory Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth.

2 Why should the nations say, Where, now, is their God?"

3 But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.

4 Their idols are silver and gold, The work of man's hands.

5 They have mouths, but they cannot speak; They have eyes, but they cannot see;

6 They have ears, but they cannot hear; They have noses, but they cannot smell;

7 They have hands, but they cannot feel; They have feet, but they cannot walk; They cannot make a sound with their throat.

8 Those who make them will become like them, Everyone who trusts in them.

9 O Israel, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield.

10 O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield.

11 You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield.

12 The LORD has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron.

13 He will bless those who fear the LORD, The small together with the great.

14 May the LORD give you increase, You and your children.

15 May you be blessed of the LORD, Maker of heaven and earth.

16 The heavens are the heavens of the LORD, But the earth He has given to the sons of men.

17 The dead do not praise the LORD, Nor do any who go down into silence;

18 But as for us, we will bless the LORD From this time forth and forever. Praise the LORD!

1 I love the LORD, because He hears My voice and my supplications.

2 Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.

3 The cords of death encompassed me And the terrors of Sheol came upon me; I found distress and sorrow.

4 Then I called upon the name of the LORD: O LORD, I beseech You, save my life!"

5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; Yes, our God is compassionate.

6 The LORD preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.

7 Return to your rest, O my soul, For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.

8 For You have rescued my soul from death, My eyes from tears, My feet from stumbling.

9 I shall walk before the LORD In the land of the living.

10 I believed when I said, I am greatly afflicted."

11 I said in my alarm, All men are liars."

12 What shall I render to the LORD For all His benefits toward me?

13 I shall lift up the cup of salvation And call upon the name of the LORD.

14 I shall pay my vows to the LORD, Oh may it be in the presence of all His people.

15 Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His godly ones.

16 O LORD, surely I am Your servant, I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid, You have loosed my bonds.

17 To You I shall offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving, And call upon the name of the LORD.

18 I shall pay my vows to the LORD, Oh may it be in the presence of all His people,

19 In the courts of the LORD'S house, In the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Praise the LORD!

1 Praise the LORD, all nations; Laud Him, all peoples!

2 For His lovingkindness is great toward us, And the truth of the LORD is everlasting. Praise the LORD!

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

2 Oh let Israel say, His lovingkindness is everlasting."

3 Oh let the house of Aaron say, His lovingkindness is everlasting."

4 Oh let those who fear the LORD say, His lovingkindness is everlasting."

5 From my distress I called upon the LORD; The LORD answered me and set me in a large place.

6 The LORD is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?

7 The LORD is for me among those who help me; Therefore I will look with satisfaction on those who hate me.

8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in man.

9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in princes.

10 All nations surrounded me; In the name of the LORD I will surely cut them off.

11 They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me; In the name of the LORD I will surely cut them off.

12 They surrounded me like bees; They were extinguished as a fire of thorns; In the name of the LORD I will surely cut them off.

13 You pushed me violently so that I was falling, But the LORD helped me.

14 The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.

15 The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.

16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.

17 I will not die, but live, And tell of the works of the LORD.

18 The LORD has disciplined me severely, But He has not given me over to death.

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness; I shall enter through them, I shall give thanks to the LORD.

20 This is the gate of the LORD; The righteous will enter through it.

21 I shall give thanks to You, for You have answered me, And You have become my salvation.

22 The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner stone.

23 This is the LORD'S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.

24 This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

25 O LORD, do save, we beseech You; O LORD, we beseech You, do send prosperity!

26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD; We have blessed you from the house of the LORD.

27 The LORD is God, and He has given us light; Bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.

28 You are my God, and I give thanks to You; You are my God, I extol You.

29 Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

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Publish Date July 2, 2020
A God We Can Trust

God doesn't change, which means His love for us will never fade.

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