Imagine for just a moment, you can actually see the face of God. Is He…?
- angry, seething with a vindictive hostility
- rolling His eyes, amused, maybe a bit perplexed
- disturbed, frustrated, ready to give up on you
- not looking at all, bored, detached, not caring
- smiling at you, like a proud Father?
Three simple verses for the God’s ‘face-seeking’ person.
13 “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord.”
3 “Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.”
32 “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
There are many, many more like these three. (But I didn’t want to scare you.)
God’s love is not logical, or mechanical. and you can’t see His face based on your performance. You simply just can’t do enough. So we all must come to Him the same way— on our knees. God’s love is outrageously understood, it is completely undeserved and perhaps just a bit scandalous. So settle this now, you’ll never, ever be good enough, (but you can be bad enough).
I believe the face of God is smiling on us, and He ‘lights up’ when we come into His presence. He is incredibly gracious. You can thank Jesus— it was His cross and resurrection that made access to God possible. (O.K., just one more verse.)
19 “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.”
There is a freedom that comes when you quit struggling and simply believe in ‘the smiles of God,’ and when you know deep-down that you belong. Everyone who comes to Him comes by the goodness (and sacrifice) of Someone else. And that is remarkably good news.