Face to Face

Posted September 14th, 2012 by Leah and filed in Word of Encouragement

If you know me well, you know that one of the top things on my list labeled I DO NOT LIKE TO DO is exercise! I enjoy being active, but exercising- not really! Since I want to be strong in the Lord in every way, I now have a personal trainer. Wow, yes, isn’t that great! Lauren and I are working out in the garden then running laps around the grove. At least I am sweating while gazing upon the FACE of the beautiful flowers.

Besides getting in shape, I am thoroughly enjoying hearing about ‘life’ from Lauren’s perspective. Recently she made the observation that when I talk to people, I “get in their FACE“, which makes people feel uncomfortable! Soooo, I have been pondering her statement, and she is right!

I guess I could say I am experiencing a bit of a hearing loss as I broach mid fifties, but the truth is…I like to be close and look you in the eye, FACE to FACE. But I’m not the only one…

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and the darkness was over the FACE of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the FACE of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Thank goodness God got in the FACE of darkness and dispelled it with his glorious light! He created something wonderful out of something empty and void of beauty. I am drawn to light. When someone has a countenance of grace and light on their life, I want to be close to them. I want to get in their FACE.

But the Bible tells us that when God called to Moses by name out of the burning bush, Moses hid his FACE, for he was afraid to look at God.

Have you ever felt that way? I know I have. But the reason God called Moses, and calls us to come close…

But then the Lord said, “I have seen the affliction of my people…I have heard their cry…I have come down to deliver them and bring them into a broad place.”

He sees you. He hears you. He came down from Heaven so he could dwell close, very close…in your heart. Where you go, he goes and when you find yourself in that broad, good, spacious place, it is because his FACE is upon you shining light and life.

The closer Moses walked with God, the more obedient he was to God and partnered with God for God’s cause, God spoke to Moses FACE to FACE, just as we talk with our friends!

Seek God’s FACE. Seek him with all your heart…above all the rest. King David cried out continually in the Psalms for the Lord to shine his FACE upon his people. Jesus’ brother, James, tells us to draw near to God and he will draw near {in your FACE} to you!

Take a break, go stand outside, look up and let the rays of the sun, Son, shine in your FACE. And don’t be surprised if someone wants to get in your FACE! For the countenance of Christ draws friends and foe alike. It is a strange and marvelous mystery…Christ in us, the hope of His glory!

My prayer for you this weekend is the priestly prayer from the Old Testament, Numbers 6:25,

The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his FACE shine upon you and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up his FACE upon you and give you peace.

In your FACE and loving it!




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