His Wonderful Face

Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually. (1 Chronicles 16:11)

My four-year-old son is full of questions, and chatters constantly. I love talking with him, but he’s developed an unfortunate habit of talking to me even when his back is turned. I often find myself saying, “I can’t hear you—please look at me when you’re talking.”

Sometimes I think God wants to say the same thing to us—not because He can’t hear us, but because we can tend to talk to Him without really “looking” at Him. We pray, but we remain caught up in our own questions and focused on ourselves, forgetting the character of the One we’re praying to. Like my son, we ask questions without paying attention to the person we’re talking to. 

Many of our concerns are best addressed by reminding ourselves of who God is and what He has done. By simply refocusing, we find comfort in what we know of His character: that He is loving, forgiving, sovereign, graceful.

The psalmist believed we ought to seek God’s face continually (Ps. 105:4). When David appointed leaders for worship and prayer, he encouraged the people to praise God’s character and tell stories of His past faithfulness (1 Chron. 16:8–27).

When we turn our eyes toward the beautiful face of God, we can find strength and comfort that sustain us even in the midst of unanswered questions.

Lord, let the light of Your face shine upon us. Amen.

When I recently read this I was instantly reminded of that song, Turn your eyes upon Jesus look forth in His wonderful face and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace. Today, let’s allow the light of His face to shine upon us. May we slow down in those moments of prayer and reading The Word and truly seek His wonderful face.

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is 1 Chronicles 16:8-27