And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them,The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them. (Numbers 6:22-27)
As I read the passage above, I think about how many times throughout the bible up until this point that the children of Israel had neglected God. I think of how many times they doubted God, cursed God and turned away from God as they wandered through the wilderness on their way to the promised land, wishing they could give God's blessing of deliverance back to Him because they were uncomfortable with change.
Yet God still chose to bless them. God still chose to give them peace and grace and allow His name to be associated with His. Can anyone relate to this? Has anyone else ever been frustrated with God even though in your heart you know that God has delivered or is delivering you from something? I'm sure we;ve all been in similar circumstances. Obedience is hard and change is scary. If we get overwhelmed, we must go back to the basics: God loves us and is in control of everything, including our lives. He has good plans for us.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Good plans. No, great plans. I can't imagine that God would just settle for good in our lives, can you? But how do we know these plans? We only need to wholeheartedly ask God for answers and then listen for Him to speak through our circumstances, our Christian friends and our daily bible reading.
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:12-13)
Oh, to find God. Can we really find Him?
And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I have caused you to be carried away captive. (Jeremiah 29:14)
Yes, dear readers, we can find Him. God wants to bring us back to Him no matter how far we've strayed so that He can protect us, guide us, keep us and bless us. I want His face to shine upon me, don't you?
Questions for reflection:
1) How bad do I want the blessing? Enough to keep seeking God with my whole heart through prayer every day?
2) What is keeping me from seeing God and getting to that place He wants to take me?