by Gina Caswell Kelly
“Look to the Lord and His strength. Seek His face always.” Psalm 105:4
Do you remember when you were a kid and you did something you were not supposed to do? Do you remember that feeling of dread thinking about seeing your parent’s face when they found out? It was not a face you wanted to see. Whether it was fear of the consequences or simply the look of disappointment, you did not want to see that face.
In the Bible, we are told to seek God’s face. I have been giving this considerable thought. When I read certain commands in the Bible, I want to know what that looks like in real life, so I have been thinking about what “seeking God’s face” looks like in everyday living. My thought is that it is the exact opposite of the situation I described above. I am thinking that if we are to seek God’s face, then maybe that is actually a direction to straighten up and act right. Live a life that looks forward to seeing God’s face so much so that you look for Him, like you would a parent to show them what great deed you have just done. We want to see what that wonderfully pleased face of God looks like.
Another thought is that we are to seek God’s face in our times of need and pain. When we have something weighing heavy on our minds, we need to run to the Father, just like we did when we were kids and had fallen and skinned a knee and ran to our parents for comfort. Seeking God’s face when we are in pain should be a natural response. We should know that we can run to Him, and in His hands we will find the comfort and reassurance that we need.
My last thought is that we should live our lives in such a way that when we close our eyes in death, we open them to see the Father’s face. We should live our lives as someone who is seeking the face of God. Live a life of one who has trusted God’s Son with our hearts and souls. One who has recognized their need for salvation and forgiveness, and given over totally to Him. And then to live for Him everyday of our lives and know that the face we seek will one day be seen face to face when He takes us home.
We need to be about the business of seeking God’s face in all three of these ways on a daily basis. We need to be about the business of being sure that others are seeking the face of God too. It will make a difference!