God Changed His Mind
“And the Lord relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing on his people.”
God changed his mind about destroying the Israelites because Moses asked him to. He didn't change his mind because Moses had a better or wiser idea or because Moses was more generous or forgiving. He changed his mind because Moses was his friend. Their friendship was stronger than God’s need to do something His way. That’s what it means to be God, to be so great that your power and humility don’t contradict. God can defer to others and still accomplish His purposes. He doesn’t need to do everything His way. It’s what our liturgies keep telling us, “lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.” Oh the wonder of that combination—His deference and supremacy! Yet in our zeal to protect and preserve God’s omnipotence and omniscience we forget the one thing absolutely central to His identity, the one thing that we can’t lose sight of, His Omnibenevolence. His all-goodness. God is preparing us for eternal friendship, an undying life of conversation, camaraderie, common pursuits, and the pleasure of just being together. He won’t be satisfied until His heart and our heart beat as one.