Exodus 34:5-8 (NLT)
Then the LORD came down in a cloud and stood there with him; and he called out his own name, Yahweh. The LORD passed in front of Moses, calling out, “Yahweh! The LORD! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But I do not excuse the guilty. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations.” Moses immediately threw himself to the ground and worshiped.
Yahweh! He is Lord. The Lord God of compassion and mercy. I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. I lavish unfailing love on a thousand generations. I forgive…iniquity, rebellion and sin. These words were spoken by God after Moses inscribed the tablets for a second time. Remember, the first time that Moses was in the Presence of God receiving His Word for the Children of Israel, the people had decided to worship an idol. God gave them a second chance. Immediately, upon doing so reminded Moses that He is a patient, loving and compassionate God who is ready to forgive His People. As a parent, I think of all the times that my own children have tried my patience. With a stern warning, I suggest a consequence if they do not comply with whatever rule they are challenging. But God who is Lord of all does not do that here despite His People’s blatant rebellion but rather again explains His Character and Motivation concerning all of mankind. Who doesn’t want the Lord’s Love, Mercy and Compassion considering the plethora of promises and blessings attached? Who would not want the faithfulness of God’s forgiveness in the midst of our constant battle with sin? However, what we fail to remember that in His Great Mercy and Love – He is still Yahweh. He is the Lord. We want God to be all that He says He will be without ever deciding to be who He has called us to be. We are Children of God. He is Lord of all. To experience the blessings and benefits associated with the Lord – we must live in His Presence which demands that we identify Him as Lord of All.
Exodus 33:19-20 (NLT)
The LORD replied, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will call out my name, Yahweh, before you. For I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose. But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live.”
It is humbling to think of all the times that the Lord has been faithful to me. His Goodness is found every time I choose to enter His Presence and decide to live a life of worship following His Word and living His Way. But then, there are all those other times. When God does not act quickly enough for my liking or does not do things that way that I think they should be done, so I step out of line. No longer under God’s Authority as Lord of my life, I am in rebellion against God. Rebellion is to deny the Lordship of God in our life. God chose to show you mercy. In fact, each morning His Mercy is new. It is just on the other side of darkness for those who will reach out and take it. (Lamentations 3:22-23) It is the hope that we can hold on to each day as we struggle to remain faithful to the Lord God. Even when we choose to live in the darkness rather than moving into the Light of His Amazing Love, God never forgets His Covenant with us. (Exodus 6:1-5) God says, “I am well aware of my covenant with you today.” Have you forgotten your covenant with me? He promised to be our Savior AND Lord. Too many times, we want a Savior but forsake Him as Lord. You cannot have the mercy and compassion of God without worshipping Him in Spirit and Truth. In Spirit, He is our Savior. In Truth, He is our Lord. God doesn’t miss a thing where His People are concerned and is always watching over us. (Exodus 3:14-16) He not only saw when you lost your way but every foul thing that happened to you in wandering. While His Mercy and Compassion await you, His Judgment awaits those who dare lay a finger on His Child. He loves you as a Father. A good father not necessarily the one you have on earth. He is attentive. You can boast about your Father. He is bigger than any other dad on the playground. Yahweh is the Almighty. (Exodus 15:2-3) His Power is ready to work in your life. The Lord wants you to win. (Exodus 17:14-15) He is Yahweh Nissi. The only way you lose is when you lose your way. In every battle that you face, even the one that is internal, the Lord will make you victorious. (Romans 7:21-25) The Lord will be your peace – Yahweh Shalom. (Judges 6:23-25) Even when your world is violently shaking and in the midst of chaos, nothing is lost or left behind as He takes every detail of your life and makes good on every single promise. He has to. He is Lord.
Psalm 8:1-6 (NLT)
O LORD, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you. When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority—
To consider the Lordship of God and the mortality of mankind makes one wonder why does God want us so much? Why does He love people who constantly reject and deny Him? I have no idea. I just know that He does. His Love is evident in every facet of my life. Faith allows me to experience His Goodness, Mercy and Grace every day simply because He loves me. Why don’t I love Him back then? If God is so good, then how come people cannot seem to serve and worship Him? Is He just too high to reach? Is God beyond what we can see therefore not a possibility? God gave human beings power and dominion over the earth. We are destined to rule and reign with Christ but not without a proper understanding of authority. We are made a little lower than the angels. “And furthermore, it is not angels who will control the future world we are talking about. For in one place the Scriptures say, “What are mere mortals that you should think about them, or a son of man that you should care for him? Yet you made them only a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You gave them authority over all things.” Now when it says “all things,” it means nothing is left out. But we have not yet seen all things put under their authority. What we do see is Jesus, who was given a position “a little lower than the angels”; and because he suffered death for us, he is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone. God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that he should make Jesus, through his suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into their salvation.” God rules and reigns over all Creation. Jesus Christ was given authority over the earthly realm and everything in it. He has the power and mindset to change your situation. You have been given power just a little lower than the angels in Heaven. But without knowing and understanding the Lordship and Authority of God through Jesus Christ and living as though He is Lord, you will never see it manifested in your life. Authority is granted from a higher power under close discretion obtained by wisdom. Like handing a loaded gun to a toddler, God is not going to release His Power in your life until you have His Wisdom. Jesus is not going to extend His Authority until you know what to do with such power. You must know that He is Lord and live like it to experience God’s Power in your life. God’s Thoughts concerning you are higher than your limited experience allows you to consider. His Way is much different than anything you will ever imagine so you must follow along closely to find it. God is always good. His Intentions concerning His Beloved are filled with mercy, love, grace and compassion. All of this available to those who call His Savior and believe that He is Lord.
Ephesians 4:9-10 (NLT)
Notice that it says “he ascended.” This clearly means that Christ also descended to our lowly world. And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself.
Jesus Christ descended to the earth to show us the Way. We needed a Savior so He died for our sins. We needed to know Him as Lord so He did nothing except what the Father told Him to do. This is so important in obtaining all of the promises and blessings on reserve for our life. (John 10:37-38) Jesus said, “Don’t believe me unless I do the will of my Father.” Abraham learned a valuable lesson on the mountain. He witnessed Yahweh firsthand as His Provider. He submitted to the authority of God even to the point of sacrificing all that He had longed for to please God. (Genesis 22:10-18) How far are you willing to go to declare that Jesus Christ is Lord? In that place of total surrender to the authority of God and submission to His Power as Lord of our life, He will provide everything that He promised that He would. Why? God cannot go back on His Promises. (Hebrews 6:17-18) It is impossible for God to lie or change His Mind. (Numbers 23:19-20) His Word must do exactly what it says because it never returns void to Him. It must accomplish exactly what it promises to do. (Isaiah 55:11-12) The rest is up to you! Is He Lord in your life? Are you walking in His Ways? If so, His Way will work for you. Are you living in His Will? Mercy will meet you there each morning new and refreshing? Is His Word working in your life today? It will if you are working to live according to it. Is He Lord in your life?
I John 1:8-10 (NLT)
If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
God’s Love promotes His Faithfulness. He cannot wander from the ones that He has chosen to extend His Mercy and Compassion to because then He would forsake His Lordship. Without the Power and Authority of God intact, where does our hope come from? That would make God just like everyone else in our life. No one is totally reliable because we are all human. We make promises but do not have the power to always keep them like the Lord does. He is not only faithful but His Word deems His Just. This is a direct connection to His Lordship. By making Jesus Christ not only your Savior but also your Lord, too allows every promise to be released in your life. These two identities work together to open the windows of Heaven over our life. To just live under His Grace provision of Love grants salvation but seldom releases us from the frustrations of life. To live under His Justice and call Him Lord without love keeps us from His Goodness and Kindness intended for His Children. God wants us to know Him intimately as Savior AND Lord to experience all the Love poured out on the Cross by Jesus Christ and step into the Power and Authority that awaits all God’s Beloved Kids. God is love. He has chosen to love you. Accept Him as Savior and Lord today. Your life will never be the same! His Mercy will reach you in your darkest hour pulling you into the Light of His Love. His Grace will wash away every sin as far as the east is from the west. As Lord, He will change your situation. The Lord will turn every detail into His Goodness overflowing in your life. Along with it will come joy, peace and renewed strength. After all, He is Lord!
2 Peter 3:8-9 (NLT)
But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.