The Light of His Countenance

It always amazes me how certain people can put a smile on my face.

I'll be walking through the day focused on my mental list of what I want to accomplish, aware of events around me and what others are walking through.  As the day unfolds, and without an abrupt intention, I sometimes find myself wearied by my own attempt to focus.  I lose my smile.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not afraid of sorrow.  I don't think we should run from it as if it's a pursuing predator.  There is a sweet fellowship with my Lord in the places of great sadness.  He is familiar with sorrow, praise God, and often prepares those moments to remind me of His powerful intention to be the One who is the lifter of my head. (Psalm 3:3)  But, let it be known, I love to smile!  We are encouraged throughout the Scriptures to remember His joy, His peace, His righteousness, His grace, His victory; all of these come with a slightly different smile of which the nuances are noticed by those who study us.

And there it is.  There are certain people of whom, when I see their smiling face, I am captivated with an intention to study, know and experience their smile.  I'm distracted by their peace, joy, grace.  It is as if my first thought is, "Hey, why are you smiling?  What did you find today?  What have I missed?"  Of course, I don't ask that, I simply say, "Hi." - but that "hi" contains a whole lot.  And then I find myself smiling with them.  It seemingly gets glued on to my face.  I love that.

And here's what's amazing.  The Lord is the One who creates a smile from within my heart that is established on the sure foundation of His promises.  For many years now I have known that and experienced and studied that.  Sometimes that 'smile' doesn't make it all the way to my face.  :/  But the reason, the foundation, is sure.  His promises produce great hope which, like an anchor of my soul, keeps me stable. (Hebrews 6:19)  What the Lord has spoken to me, His great and precious promises, causes me to look to Him.  And there is where I find a smile on His face filled with all the nuances of each of His promises, of all the revelation of who He is, and of all His work in me.

In the priestly prayer of Numbers 6:24-26 we read, "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace."  Nice!  The 'lift up His countenance upon you' can be simply translated 'smile at you' or as translated by me - 'when by faith you turn to look at the face of God, I think you'll be quite captivated with an intention to study, know and experience His smile toward you, and you'll find it gets glued to your face.'  Well, you get the idea.

One more thing.  I am excited to announce that God loves to reveal His smile to others through your face.  This is a great design, and a wonderful mystery.  "Jesus, do that amazing mystery in my life and smile through me.  Amen."

 

Pastor Chris

Standing on The Rock
Become as Little Children
 

Comments 2

Guest - Jackoby Wardingo on Saturday, 15 February 2014 13:12

- My friend!

:D - My friend!
Guest - Eddie Woods on Thursday, 13 March 2014 21:24

Pastor awesome reading, great teaching, I pray that you will continue in that office, you're at your A game and I'm convinced that it's the Fathers Heart that you share with anyone who will receive.
Thank you Pastor
Eddie W.

Pastor awesome reading, great teaching, I pray that you will continue in that office, you're at your A game and I'm convinced that it's the Fathers Heart that you share with anyone who will receive. Thank you Pastor Eddie W.
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