“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.” Numbers 6:24-26
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In synagogues, these scriptures are called the Aaronic blessing. In churches, they often serve as a closing benediction. But God wants these wonderful truths to be made real in each individual day of each individual life – including yours. All He asked of Israel was childlike obedience to His voice and His Word. It is all He now requires of you and me. Jesus said that if we loved Him, we would keep His commandments. That means a surrendered life that digs into the Word of God daily and looks to the Holy Spirit within for the power to obey.
And just ponder the incredible return: the Lord promises to bless you and keep you – guarding you from every satanic attack. Instead of His back turned in displeasure, He turns His shining face upon you to lavish His gracious grace so you can be more than a conqueror under any circumstance. His lifted countenance is His loving gaze – at you-as He promises you His peace that passes all understanding, no matter what you must face. This is a blessing not to be taken lightly but to be taken deeply into our minds and hearts in grateful appreciation.
“I stand in awe, my gracious Father, at Your love for me. And though such love is beyond all comprehension, I still cry to understand it more and more – so that I might love you more and more.”
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