“Then the Lord passed in front of him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious…’” (Exodus 34:6).
Instead of trusting in and relying upon the self-serving opinions of what others say about God, our quest to know him is best fulfilled when we allow him to speak for himself. Eleven times in the Old Testament God’s compassion is coupled with his grace. Compassion is associated with the womb of a mother and the deep love that emerges from such a natural bond. That God wants us to know him in such an intimate way speaks to his grace and his desire to live in relationship with us.