Exodus 33:19

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And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of Yahweh before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.”

Exodus 33:19, LSB

These are God’s words to Moses about His character and come just before God passes before him as Moses is in the cleft of rock on Mount Sinai. The words resonate with the famous beginning word of any parent when a child questions, “Because.” God will show mercy and care to whomever He chooses, and however, He desires. Just as He was willing to let His goodness pass before Moses, He does the same for all for whom He shows mercy. Why does God heal some and not others? Because. We have no decision behind it. We cannot control it. He does it. For His own purposes and desires. His glory passes ever before Him, and His shadow falls as He wills it to fall. We are those who are here to receive and accept it. God is forever gracious and merciful. That is who He is. It is up to Him how His glory will be shown, but we are always meant to proclaim it no matter what the circumstances are in our lives at the moment. That is because He is worthy of it simply because.

Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.

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