““Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: “The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” ’ “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.””
Numbers 6:23-27 NKJV
“So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: ‘Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things? The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the LORD and against His Christ.’ “For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done. Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”
Acts 4:24-31 NKJV
Turn your eyes
I stopped in Numbers again today. I will have to admit that reading through chapter six was very daunting, as I read of the details of the Nazirite vow. Then all of a sudden I happen on the end of the chapter and the famous Aaronic blessing. I find that I am greatly encouraged when I read it, as it reminds me, as a New Testament believer, that I too have a God who has been proven faithful through the ages.
As I pondered the blessings of God in my own life, I found myself thinking of the early believers in the newborn church, under threat from the very same authorities who had crucified the Lord Jesus.
I thought of their reaction to the threats from powerful people, lifting the situation to the Lord in prayer. As if to affirm His presence, the Lord brought assurance, gently rocking the very place where they met, moving them from without, and within with a filling of the Holy Spirit.
God does not abandon us in the midst of trial. He is always there, present and available. In some of the darkest seasons of my life, I have been reminded as the Lord has gently rocked me in the midst of trouble. Like those in Acts chapter four, I called out to the Lord in my trevail and He heard me.
“I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles.”
Psalms 34:4-6 NKJV
I approach each day knowing that the face of God is shining upon me, that He will be gracious, that He sees me and will give me peace. Like the Children of Israel, I am His. This has been slowly learned, as I am tempted to fall back on my own self-reliance. I am reminded time and time again, that He chose me from the foundation of the earth and, in due time, I will spend eternity in His presence.
Brothers and sisters, be reminded of that great blessing. Even if you have to print off the Aaronic blessing and put it on you mirror in the bathroom, seek the daily reminder of God’s care for you. We are in difficult times, and any sense of normalcy is uncertain, but we can know one thing for sure:
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
Hebrews 13:8 NKJV
When the anxieties begin to creep into your mind, turn your eyes upon Jesus. He is faifhtul. All things we endure, and will endure are ordained by God, and all is part of His plan, a plan that will result in His ultimate victory over the enemy and the return of Jesus.
Pray that the Lord grant you boldness to go out and share the Gospel, pray that the Lord grant you boldness to love, to serve, to care, to be transformed into the image of Jesus, bringing the promise of salvation to all you may encounter.
Pray that we may shine bright, reflecting the blessing and the glory of God in our lives, into the darkness of those trapped in sin. Pray that our speech be seasoned with salt, that all become thirsty and desire the living water of Jesus.
Pray that our first impulse would be to turn our eyes upon Jesus, and not the troubles that can bring us down.
“O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the savior
And life more abundant and free.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of his glory and grace.”
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