It is during this time of the year people tend to turn their thoughts more toward God and the well-being of others. They become more active in church attendance and in giving to those in need. With this thought in mind, there is no greater gift than giving God’s blessing.
God wants to bless all. As the heavenly Father, He blessed the world with the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. Believers, having been blessed with the knowledge of God’s love, need to share this love with others. As God instructed Moses to tell Aaron and His sons to bless the children of Israel, believers need to bless others with the knowledge of God’s gift.
God wants to keep His children. He wants to keep them in perfect peace. He wants to keep them safe in the midst of danger. Most of all, He wants to keep His children in the arms of His love and welcome them into His glory and kingdom.
Just as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, God’s Son-shine blesses all who dare to awaken and embrace it every day. His face warms the heart, dries the tears and rejoices in those who will bask in His glow. It troubles God when people turn their face from His. Whatever one’s faults may be, through God’s forgiveness, one can turn their eyes upon Jesus and look upon His face.
Looking at synonyms for gracious, the word “merciful” leaps out. God is truly merciful. Reading the parable of the pharisee and the publican in the 18th chapter of the Gospel of Luke, the sinner prays for God to be merciful to him, a sinner. That is the beauty of God. When a sinner repents, God is gracious.
God’s face shining upon one and His countenance being lifted up could be considered similar. Countenance could be considered as favor. Abel found favor with God through a more acceptable sacrifice. King David found favor in that he was a man after God’s own heart. Christians find favor through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. Through Christ’s blood, God recognizes His children. God’s favor is life.
Peace in the world is an often desired commodity, and never truly found. Genuine peace can only be found in God. There is an expression: “The world didn’t give it to me, and the world can’t take it away.” The prophet Isaiah named Jesus as the Prince of Peace in the ninth chapter of his book. In the 14th chapter in the Gospel of John, Jesus spoke of peace as being a gift that only He could provide. The world could not give nor could the world take away.
A glorious opportunity is available for believers to bestow upon those in need. This benediction from God’s word demonstrates a true blessing. If all would ask the Lord to bless and keep each other, to let His love shine upon all and be gracious, and for His countenance and peace upon those in need, a tremendous change could take place. There is no better time than the present.