The Blessing

Reading Numbers 6:22-27

The blessing God gave to Moses for the people is one of my favourites to use as a benediction. On this New Year’s Eve morning of 2018 it is a fitting reading from my devotional guide.

It unpacks so beautifully…
The LORD bless you
and keep you.
The LORD make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you.
The LORD turn His face toward you
and give you peace.

Oh LORD, how I desperately need your blessing and your keeping. How often do I begin to see the blessing as the result of my own actions and merit?  I let self begin to rule and try to keep me in charge.  It is in your keeping that I return to you in blessed release -I am yours.  I am all in. For the gift of your Holy Spirit and your sanctification that keeps me in your way, I am grateful.

Your face shining upon is simply the best thing. My most precious moments are in knowing your delight and being delighted in you.  Without your grace this is impossible.

As I turn in repentance I see your face turned toward me. In Jesus I discover the peace of forgiveness and the peace of assurance of salvation.  The peace of looking into your face knowing you will see me to the end -that glorious new beginning in eternity.

As one year passes into the next it is but an arbitrary observance, yet it pulls me in to the reminder of my daily need to rely on you LORD.  It pulls me in to remember that my life has purpose day by day, year by year.  It pulls me in to remember that all is this is from you.

I trust you God, I trust your way.

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