For His Name’s Sake

          God loves us, that’s for sure. However, His actions on our behalf are not so much because of His love for us, but because of His own glory. Throughout the Old Testament, the patriarchs, priests, and prophets always deferred to God’s glory as the reason for God’s actions. A striking example comes when God was seemingly totally exasperated with the complaining of the children ofIsraelin the wilderness. During a conversation with Moses, God revealed that He had decided to wipe them out and start over with Moses to raise up a people who would respect and glorify Him. Moses’s reasoning with God against God’s own plan appealed to the showing of His glory. Moses told God that if He killed all the people, the Egyptians would hear about it and say, “Because the LORD was not able to bring this people to the land which He swore to give them, therefore He killed them in the wilderness” Numbers 14:16 (NKJ). In other words, the bottom line of Moses’s argument was, “Lord, if you kill them, You’ll look bad.”

           God’s answer to Moses went right to the heart of the matter. “I have pardoned, according to your word; but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD” Numbers 14:20-21 (NKJ). In other words, God was saying that even though He was going to let those stiff-necked people live, He was not going to allow them to punk Him or pimp Him. His glory would have the final say. In the case of the children ofIsraelat this juncture, all the complainers died in the next 40-year interval of their wilderness trek, and the next generation went into the Promised Land.

         God’s glory has the final say when the unrepentant sinner suffers the consequences of His wrath, and the repentant sinner enjoys the relief awarded by His mercy. As with the God/Moses conversation, God moves on our behalf ultimately for His glory—for His name’s sake. The Psalmist put it this way:

  • Oh, do not remember former iniquities against us! Let Your tender mercies come speedily to meet us, for we have been brought very low. Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name; and deliver us, and provide atonement for our sins, for Your name’s sake! Psalm 79:8-9 (NKJ)

          May we live a repentant people, ever ready to appeal to the mercies of God so that ultimately, God’s glory will be on display.

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©2012 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

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~ by sanewriter on July 7, 2012.

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