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Immerse: Beginnings, Week 8

Tell me about yourself...

Once upon a time, I applied for a job in a chiropractic office. I showed up for the “interview,” only to find out it was a group interview. There were probably twenty people there, all for the same job. At one point, we had to introduce ourselves in front of the group and tell a couple of things about ourselves – probably our strengths and why we should be hired.

Let’s just say I froze (but at least I didn’t run out of the room like one girl did, bless her heart). I had been on many interviews and knew the answers to these questions, but in a group of strangers, I stumbled over my words and struggled to answer the questions, even though I had plenty of time to think about it because I was nearly the last person asked! It was a terribly embarrassing moment in my life.

In general, I don’t feel like I do very well with meeting new people or playing icebreaker games where you have to introduce yourself. Even when just meeting one person, the statement, “Tell me about yourself” is intimidating. What do you want to know? How much should I tell you? Can I trust you? Are you even going to remember my name after this conversation?

In Exodus 33 & 34 (Immerse: Beginnings, page 136-137), we see Moses essentially ask God, “Tell me about yourself,” and He doesn’t miss a beat. God answers by 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.”

Our God has so many characteristics He could have chosen to share about Himself that day, but this is what He communicated. The Israelites had messed up big time (remember last week they made a golden calf and Moses had responded angrily by smashing the tablets with the Ten Commandments). Yes, there were consequences for their sin because God is just. But He promised He would still go with them to the Promised Land, and He revealed that He is a God of compassion, mercy, love, patience and forgiveness.

This is just one of the many passages in Scripture which reveals the character of our God. Search for yourself. See that His compassion, mercy, unfailing love and faithfulness keep showing up. See that He is true to His name and to what He tells us about Himself. Aren’t you glad we have a God who doesn’t hesitate to reveal Himself to us and tell us Who He is?

- Angela Hastings