August 21, 2020
Look at me when I’m talking to you! How many of you have heard that? That statement is burned in my memory from all of my childhood “missteps”. If you are a parent, you have probably found yourself talking to a head of hair after one of your kids did something wrong. I have to admit, my wife needs to make sure I’m looking at her when she is talking to me or she assumes I didn’t hear what she said (she is usually praising me anyway….okay maybe not).
Have you ever had a child excited to show you something they’ve done? A child has a look of glee on their face when they have done something they are proud of. In fact, as soon as they tell you about it, they are looking at you, eagerly awaiting your response both in voice and body language. They want their excitement to be yours.
Have you thought about seeking the Lord’s face?
1 Chronicles 16:8-11
Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
It can be easy to attribute the things we accomplish to our own hard work and talent. It can be easy to seek the approval of others instead of the approval of the Lord. Just as a child is seeking a smile and a word of approval for their actions, seek to put a smile on God’s face using your God-given talents. If you haven’t been seeking the Lord’s face, why not now? May we rejoice for Jesus Christ has wiped the slate clean of all of our missteps, and given us a promise.
No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.