Last week I was watching Joyce Meyers and she commented on how we usually miss one of the most beautiful and powerful parts of a Church sermon…the Benediction. Because by that time in the service, we are already thinking about how we need to get home and check on our roast 🙂

Well that stuck in my mind for several days until I realized that God was trying to tell me something. So, I did some research and found that the Benediction Art (my Pastor) most often recites comes from Numbers Chapter 6 where the LORD told Moses to have Aaron and his sons bless the children of Israel by reciting verses 24-26.

Verse 24 Says: The LORD bless thee, and keep thee

Wow, those first 7 words struck me: How wonderful of Art to lift his arms over us and directly ask God to bless and keep ME and my family over the coming week.

Verse 25 says: The LORD make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee.

And here I worry, about when I say, “Good morning” to someone in the foyer and they don’t give me a beaming smile back. And meanwhile Art is asking My Creator to shine His face upon ME! Sometimes I don’t even think we can fathom the graciousness of God. We usually try to make Him small enough to fit into our lives instead of opening our mind His infinite glory and goodness.

Verse 26 says: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

Peace? Are you kidding me, the minute we get in the car after church some Sundays the havoc begins. Well maybe, just maybe that is because we didn’t accept Art’s precious gift to us. Because we know from the experience of Moses that being in the light of God’s presence causes our faces to shine. In II Corinthians 3:7 it says “… The children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance”

So from now on, I will be faithful to receive the Benediction so the world, will recognize that I have been with Jesus because His radiance is reflected in my life!

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