Monday, March 11, 2013


Dallas Willard was a child when his mother passed away unexpectedly.  He reflects that most every night for weeks after that personal crisis, he toddled into his dad’s bedroom to ask if he could get in bed with him.  His loving father was a man of few words.  But, when he promised to sleep on his side with his face turned towards his son, Dallas said he felt secure enough to doze off again.  He writes: “We can get by with a Heavenly Father who does not speak as long as we know he is there and his face is turned toward us.”

And that is exactly what is recorded in Numbers 6:26, “The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”  This is actually a prayer of Moses for God’s people.  Isn’t it wonderful to know that God watches over us, guides us and protects us 24/7?  In fact, the most common promise in the Bible is, “I will be with you.”  It is the one God made to Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Mary and Paul to name just a few!  God constantly reminded his people that He was with them through the tangible presence of the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, the manna in the wilderness, the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night to guide them in their wilderness wanderings.  Just like He is reminding you as you read these words today, “Do not be afraid or discouraged… The Lord… is with you.” Be at peace today, God has his face turned toward you!

Pray with me… Our loving Father, we thank and praise you that you have spoken to us through your Son, the living Word, and the Bible, your written Word.  These are the anchors for our souls!  And we are even more secure and at peace just knowing that your face is turned towards each of us.  Thank you for pursuing us and protecting us from the things we cannot handle.  And thank you for your all-sufficient grace that sustains us day by day.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Pastor Ken

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