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When God Smiles Upon You

Posted: Monday, September 23

Jon Brooks // Young Adult Pastor

Jon Brooks // Young Adult Pastor

September 23 Reading:

Isaiah 41:17-43:13
Ephesians 2:1-22
Psalm 67:1-7
Proverbs 23:29-35

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May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us

Psalm 67:1 NIV

A smile has been called the universal language. No matter which part of the world you may be in, the quickest way to overcome barriers and create connection is through a smile.

Few things brighten my day more than when my son Luke gives me a big smile! His smiles inject our home with laughter and joy on a daily basis.

A smile hardly seems deeply spiritual, yet it is possible for God to smile upon us.

The image of God’s smiling face first appears in the priestly blessing of Aaron mentioned in Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; 26 the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

This passage, including the image of God’s shining face, appears on two small silver scrolls that were found in a burial cave in Jerusalem. These scrolls, inscribed about 700 years before Christ, contain the oldest existing text of Scripture. Simply put, the metaphor of God’s smiling face is as old as scripture itself and it gives us critical understanding into the nature of God.

With just a little digging you and I will discover we’re surrounded by people who think God is mad at them. There’s no doubt that God’s heart must be grieved by sin and evil in our world but that is not the main headline! God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only son for us! He’s a perfect, heavenly father and he desires to give us grace. When God turns his face towards us that represents the presence of God, and his smile represents friendship with Him. It can be tempting to simply ask God to meet the needs in our lives but isn’t it a vastly greater gift to have God simply look upon your life with favor? I believe this is why priests from the time of Aaron on have offered this prayer for their people.

Chances are you’ll run into someone soon who will give you a less-than-friendly look. But the smile of God can turn any glare or frown around. Nothing can compare to God’s smile upon your life. My prayer is that God would smile upon you today!