Finding favour in God’s sight makes one see His goodness. Exodus chapter 33 is so good, I advice everyone to check the entire chapter out. It is so good that I was not able to pick out a particular scripture for this text, just the conversation that took place between Moses and God is so refreshing to look at. I do not even know why we as people have turned prayer into such a religious act, check this entire chapter and view how Moses has conversations with God. They are so personal, so real, straight to the point and not in any way vague.
Talking about conversing, I redrafted this passage simply because God’s goodness is seen and witnessed but it is so much better when it is experienced. Finding favour in God’s sight means He always looks out for you, He puts you first and makes you stand out and have an unfair advantage over and above. While this sounds good, God is also our Father, He loves us and is Good to us, so while we are favoured by Him it means that a huge part of His goodness is His Law.
Before you get carried away, I do not mean the 10 commandments although they are His Laws, but we are reminded that Jesus fulfilled the commandments for us so that we do not have to fulfill the commandments ourselves but that is a topic on its own for another day. What I mean by God’s Law is based on Psalms chapter 19: 7-14. “The law of the Lord is perfect; it gives new strength. The commands of the Lord are trustworthy, giving wisdom to those who lack it. The laws of the Lord are right, and those who obey them are happy. The commands of the Lord are just and give understanding to the mind. Reverence for the Lord is good; it will continue for ever. The judgements of the Lord are just; they are always fair. They are more desirable than the finest gold; they are sweeter than the purest honey. They give knowledge to me, your servant. I am rewarded for obeying them. No one can see his own errors; deliver me, Lord from hidden faults. Keep me safe, also, from willful sins, don’t let them rule over me. Then I shall be perfect and free from the evil of sin. May my words and thoughts be acceptable to you, O Lord, my Refuge and my Redeemer!”
I believe that God shows us that He loves us even when He corrects us, there is goodness is His law which is His Word. His judgements are fair, that is not an opinion or open for debate it is a fact. So although the Law in the first testament was given and no one could and will fulfill them apart from Jesus Christ Himself, there is God’s goodness even in them. When God tells us not to do something, He does so for our protection and this scripture reminds us that we can rely on God’s promptings in our lives because they always are good and will always have good consequences. So correction does not feel good because most times God’s correction as our Father hurts our flesh and makes us feel uncomfortable, however in the long run you experience so much freedom and reward for simply obeying God’s “Do Not’s” He is our Father it is His responsibility to protect us by correcting us even from our own selves. He is Sovereign and All-Knowing so we can trust that He will never mislead us or bring us into harms way.