The Shining Face

12 “For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, and His ears attend to their prayer,  But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil” (1 Peter 3).

In Numbers 6:24-27 we find a wonderful promise: 22 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 23 “Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, ‘Thus you shall bless the sons of Israel.  You shall say to them: 24 the Lord bless you, and keep you; 25 the Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; 26 the Lord lift up His countenance [face] on you, and give you peace.’  27 So they shall invoke My name on the sons of Israel, and I then will bless them.”

If there is nothing better than to have the Lord’s face “on” someone, certainly there is nothing worse than for the opposite to occur—to have His face “against” them. It only makes sense, for if His eyes are “toward the righteous,” surely His face must be “against those who do evil.”  The question is not: “Is the Lord looking?” but “Is His face shining?”

Lord, we are confident that, by Your grace, Your face will be shining upon us This Day. May our faces, in turn, shine forth there reflection of You. Amen.