THE FACE OF GOD
“When a king’s face brightens, it means life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring. How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
Proverbs 16:15-16, 18, 20, 24 NIV
Wow! Proverbs 16 is so full of good stuff! It was really hard to pick a small portion.
So, after yesterday’s post about the eyes of the Lord, I figured, what better way to follow than with His face.
Probably the greatest hindrance to me hearing God’s call on my life was the thing that I treasured the most…the favor of those I knew.
Now, that’s not a bad thing, necessarily, but, in my case, because it was so important to me how people thought of me, I tried real hard to make a good impression.
And, I thought I did.
I worked hard to please my bosses, I was polite to adults, I was always kind to my peers, and, for the most part, I was obedient to my parents and teachers.
So, I found myself living a pretty happy life.
I was a good guy.
People liked me.
But, one day, I felt this happy feeling eluding me, and there was no reason for it to be gone.
Except, something was missing.
“Why am I depressed when I am such a good guy?”
That day, my eyes were opened, and, I came to realize that anything I had ever done that to me seemed good, I had done for me, so I could maintain this image of myself that I was good.
I suddenly wanted to know this God that I had said I believed in, and I didn’t know how to find Him.
I cried out to Him, “What does it mean to be born again?”
Within five minutes, His invisible hand gave me the answer that I sought.
I bowed before Him, relinquished my works, accepted His works for me,
And discovered the Life that flows from the brightness of His face.
That day, I discovered the difference between happy and Joy.
When My Father is pleased, I feel His pleasure.
That is JOY!