His Best

by Lester Young

If someone were to ask you what you considered to be the best thing about yourself, what would you say? (Here’s your chance to call it like you see it!) Some people might identify their hair, others their eyes – legs, chest, arms, butt, smile, disposition, and on and on…and on. Okay, now, what would you consider to be the greatest attribute of our Father God? His power? Omnipotence? His omniscience? (That’s ‘all-knowing’ for those who haven’t had their morning coffee yet.) Again, there could be a fairly long list of qualifying answers.

But, how do you think He’d answer that same question? Well, fortunately for us, we don’t have to wonder. Take a look at the 33rd chapter of the book of Exodus. At the time, God and Moses were having a heart-to-heart talk, and the Lord had just told Moses how He felt about him and how close He was to him (verse 17). And, in that very warm, tenderhearted and trusting moment, a boldness welled up in Moses and He decided to just go ahead and ask his God (but not just his God – his Friend [verse 11]) – to show Himself to him. Moses asked to see God’s glory (verse 18) – in other words, he basically asked God to reveal the biggest, weightiest, most important thing about Himself. (He was actually asking to know God better.)

The Lord’s response to that request is very interesting. He told Moses, “Okay, I’ll make all of My goodness pass by in front of you, and I’m going to proclaim My Name, right here in front of you; because I’ll be gracious, compassionate and merciful to whoever I choose, and I choose to be so with you” (verse 19). Now, after taking precautionary steps with Moses so that he wouldn’t disintegrate in the process (verses 20-23), God passed by right before his eyes and said, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin…” (Exodus 34:7).

When asked, “What’s the biggest and best thing about Yourself?” the Lord replied, “It’s My mercy!” And, if you think about it…He’s not lying! Keep in mind that God isn’t selfish; He never thinks of or does anything for His own benefit first. Everything He’s ever done He did with us in mind. When He sent Jesus to come and get us, who was that for – who was the beneficiary of it? You and me! And all the blessings of His salvation (Galatians 3:13-14), who has He bestowed those upon? You and me! And who has He made right with Himself by the atoning blood of His only begotten Son? (Ephesians 2:13; 1 John 1:7; Revelation 1:5) You and me. If it wasn’t for the magnitude and greatness of God’s mercy and grace, what would any other attribute that He has matter to us? We wouldn’t be around to be able to appreciate it. If it wasn’t for His overwhelming compassion, each and every one of us would already be in the frying pan – and getting closer to the fire day by day.

So, yeah…yeah…yes, it’s His mercy – without a doubt. Thank You, Lord; thank You, indeed!

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2 Comments to “His Best”

  1. How awe-inspiring that the Lord’s attribute that He revealed to Moses was His mercy, which is from everlasting to everlasting! Thank you for this wonderful post, Lester!

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