My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Monday, April 16, 2012
The Face of God
For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; The upright will behold His face.
(Psalms 11:7 NASB)
The Psalmist understood that the very nature of God is
righteousness. It is the Lord's desire that all of his children be a
reflection of him and therefore of his righteousness, but this is not
possible unless we are turned toward him and seeking his face. If we
will do this, and only if we are seeking after him and living a life
that reflects his righteousness -- will we see the face of God.
There is vulnerability involved in seeing the face of God. We
cannot hide in the shadows and seek him. Instead, we must be willing to
come out of our own safe places and move towards God. Sometimes this
means that we open ourselves up to attacks from the enemy on all sides.
People around us may think that we are strange because our behavior
doesn't fit the mold of what we as humans have defined as the Christian
walk. But who are we to define what the Christian walk looks like? The
Christian walk is one in which we are seeking the face of God on a
daily basis and allowing a reflection of him to be shine on the world
Moses was the example of this kind of a relationship with God. He
went out to the "Tent of Meeting" and met there with God on a daily
basis. The result was that his face shone from literally being in God's
holy presence. It made his people very uncomfortable and they asked
him to cover his face. What is it about seeing the face of God that
makes those around us uncomfortable?
The Christian walk is a radical walk. It is not a comfortable go to
church a few Sundays a month walk. Rather, it is a walk that is
transformational to the core, where we are willing to walk in obedience
to the will of God as we seek his face. God has never been about
challenging us to live a comfortable and satisfying life! God has
always been about stretching us to the very boundaries and continually
drawing us on to a deeper walk with him that is transformational to
ourselves and the world around us. There is nothing comfortable about
that life, but rather, it is a life that can be disturbing. Walk
upright -- walk in righteousness -- his righteousness -- and we will see
the face of God!
Lord, may I continue to seek you day in and day out. Help me be
willing to be a radical follower of you in every aspect of my life.