“The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” ~Numbers 6:26
I think one of the most fascinating things as a kid was glow in the dark objects. Being able to have something in a dark room that illuminated. I remember having glow in the dark stars that I stuck on the ceiling in my room, I would stare at them until I’d fall asleep.
There’s an idea that we as Christians should be illuminated, able to shine as the “light of the world”. But just like the glow in the dark objects the only way to receive the illumination is to be exposed to the light. I remember running to a lamp when the glow would diminish, needing to charge it up again. The same way with us, when we expose ourselves to “The Light” we should walk away with a glowing countenance that is evident.
One attribute of being a Christian is the ability to “know that you know” and are confident in our identity with God. I think these “shining moments” are evident when the Word of God provides a peace the causes us to glow. There is something about the peace of God that enables us to walk thru the dark times with a blessed assurance that sets us apart.
I find assurance in these verses found in Deuteronomy 6 are commanded by God to use to bless the children of Israel. These are some of my most comforting words of a benediction,
“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.”
I can take refuge and have hope as I see the working of the Trinity in these verses, the presence of the Father that “keeps me”, the work of the Son whose “face has shone upon me” and the presence of the Holy Spirit that “give me peace”.
When there is an empting of myself and I can be in the Light of the Trinity I can walk away with a glowing countenance that will be illuminated when I am amidst a dark world. The problem is that glow will fade and I will be weakened by my separation from the Source, so this is why it’s important to “recharge” our inner man by the renewing of the power that comes from being in the Light.
“So if you feel as though you lost your glow, spend some time in the Light and He will make it right”.
“There is power in the name of Jesus” so no matter how dark it gets the radiance that comes from being in the presence of the Light will keep you glowing by providing you with “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:7. Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano, Colony of Mercy Graduate and Full-time Staff Member at America’s Keswick
The Daily Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles 19-21; Luke 2:25-52
Think About This: “Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.” ~Jonathan Edwards
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. ~Lamentations 3:25