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May the Lord Make His Face to Shine Upon You

24  The Lord bless you and keep you;

25  the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;

26  the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. [1]

(Numbers 6)

 

     I like every part of this benediction.   Today I want to lift up the verse that says, “The Lord make his face to shine upon you…” (Vs. 25). It is such a beautiful image: the confusion that life sometimes presents us – multiple choices, multiple possibilities and directions we could choose, yet the light of God provides us with comfort and a road map to follow. To me, the “Face of God” shining upon us is a comfort. The sun is hot, but God is hotter. The sun shines bright, but God shines brighter.

 

What blessing do you offer to a person who is preparing to go their way? Do you offer them a blessing of peace, or do you mutter under your breath or within the recesses of your heart, “I hope you stub your toe?” The blessing in Numbers 6 is a blessing that is wishing good will upon someone. Some people wish you nothing but a sad face and a dirty smile.   The nice thing about his blessing is that it offers peace and good will.

 

Steve Harvey has taken his shots regarding botching the reading of the winner Miss Universe Pageant. I do not know if it is true, but I have read reports that he has been offered an opportunity to participate as a host of the pageant next year and possible for multiple years. If this is true it is really an expression of redemptive grace. Everyone makes mistakes. Even the best basketball player will every now and then miss a shot. The depth and quality of a person is reflected in how we rebound from mistakes, but also how we respond to others who have suffered on one level or another. Perhaps those who are wishing Steve Harvey well are in their own way modeling the Spirit of God: “The Lord make his face to shine upon you.”

 

 

Numbers 6: 25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; [2]

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What does it mean to have the Lord to “Make his face to shine upon you…?”
  2. When you hear this benediction what thoughts come to your mind?

 

Prayer:

Shine Jesus, shine on me! Lord, let the light of your glory shine upon me! Cause your face to warm me with your love and mercy. In a world that is often confusing, confrontational, and confounding, Lord, you are a welcome relief! In times of trouble I seek your peace. When doubts rise like the swelling of the sea, it is your peace that calms me. When my direction is unclear the light of your love sets me on not only a straight path, but the right path. Bless me now with the glow of your providence, the power of your protection, and the patience of your peace. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray.

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

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More about Nicholas Hood III Ministries at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org

 

[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. 1989 (Nu 6:24–26). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[2] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. 1989 (Nu 6:25). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.