Monday, April 2, 2012

Seeking His Face

Exodus 33:21-23 
Then the LORD said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”

John 14:6-9
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

Wives, do you remember what your spouse wore on Wednesday?  Husbands, do you know what kind of perfume your wife sprinkles on every morning and if possibly this week she changed the scent on you?   Why all the silly questions?

It's been over a week know that I changed my eye glasses.  I swapped them out for an older pair, you know, just for variety. And guess what, NO ONE NOTICED; I mean no one.  Not my son, not my friends, not even my husband.  So last Sunday at church, I looked at my husband and said, "notice anything different"?  He looked straight at my face, and said, no, I don't think so. To that I replied, " I changed my glasses and you did not even notice".  Then he said, " yeah, yeah, I was going to say that". Of course we both laughed and we knew he was fibbing.  My reply was "yeah right"  :)

All week the Lord has been speaking to me about seeking his face. Really, spending time and looking into his face.  We have to make sure that we don't miss God.  Sometimes the Lord will speak specifically to us through a friend or a song; sometimes via the Sunday message and even through an unbeliever.

I'm asking the Lord, Father let me know you more.  Lord help me see the fullness of your character. God doesn't change; his Word says that he is the same yesterday, today and forevermore (Hebrews 13:8), therefore I have my entire lifetime to get to know him. He's not going to change but by his grace, I WILL! I want to know all that the Lord wants to show me.  I want to recognize him wherever I am; wherever he has me.  I don't want to take it for granted that I am familiar with all the different attributes of my Father. What I desire is that my eyes and ears be attentive and very well acquainted with the character of God.  I will only learn this as I sit at his feet; as I meditate on his Word day and night.

If God were to speak to me through my son, would I recognize him?  I hope so, I really do.  Just yesterday my son and I were talking about the Lord, his Name and his character.  A few minutes into the conversation, I said to myself, ok Lord, I recognize you.  My son and I spoke about Yahweh, God's name and it confirmed to me yet again, that I must recognize him; my God and my Lord!

As I was getting the worship song list ready for this Sunday, once again, it was about his face and knowing him. I pulled out an old song, "Awesome in this Place".  Some of the lyrics go like this:

As I come into Your presence
Past the gates of praise
Into Your sanctuary
'Til we're standing face to face
I look upon Your countenance
I see the fullness of Your grace And I can only bow down and say You are awesome in this place Mighty God
You are awesome in this place
Abba Father
You are worthy of all praise
To You our lives we raise
You are awesome in this place
Mighty God

Yes to know him; we have a short time on earth to know him more and enjoy him until he calls us home to be with him forever.  Even in "forever" I wonder if we will ever fully know our Savior; the fullness of his Grace and Mercy!

Join me in seeking his face more and more each day. I trust you are in the Word, if not, pick it up today.

In the midst of our search ( though he indeed is not far away) ; in the center of our exploration we find that we become worshipers of the One who gave us Life.  We encounter the One we desire to know more and our hearts begin to sing, something like the song above and we find that in the midst of worship the transformation that we desire is actually occurring. Praise be to the Living God!

God bless you!~Liz


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