Embracing Hope

Reflections for weary leaders in a time of tumult and uncertainty.
April 14, 2022
God's Shining Face
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
"Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, 'Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them, 

    The Lord bless you and keep you;

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

    the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.'

So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them" (Numbers 6:22-27).

One of the primary roles of pastors is to speak blessing over God's people, to put the Lord's name upon his people. We all need to be reminded, week by week, that we belong to the Lord and that he is glad to see us. While God's shining face may certainly point to his glory, it also resounds with a song of grace. Like a doting parent (or grandparent), God's face lights up when he sees us. He delights in us (Zephaniah 3:17). Grace is God clearing the way for us to stand in his presence and to know His deep love and delight in us. And, in an ultimate sense, grace is God's glory (see Exodus 33:12-34:7).

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