The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you;
In these two verses from the book of Numbers, we are presented with a beautiful and timeless blessing that the Lord instructed Aaron and his sons to pronounce upon the children of Israel. This blessing is an expression of God’s love and care for His people, and it continues to hold great significance for us today.
“The Lord bless you and keep you”: This part of the blessing reminds us that God desires to bless us abundantly. His blessings are not merely material, but they encompass every aspect of our lives. He longs to provide for our needs, protect us from harm, and guide us along the path of righteousness. As we reflect on this, let us trust in His provision and rely on His unfailing protection.
“The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you”: This portion of the blessing is a reminder of God’s grace and favor. When God’s face shines upon us, it symbolizes His pleasure and delight in us. His grace, freely given, is a gift beyond measure. It reminds us that we are not deserving of His love, yet He showers it upon us.
These verses also point to the personal nature of our relationship with God. He desires to bless us individually and to be intimately involved in our lives. His desire is not only to bless and keep us but to shine His face upon us and be gracious to us personally.
As you go about your day, know that the Lord desires to bless you, keep you, shine His face upon you, and be gracious to you. May this knowledge bring you comfort, confidence, and a deeper connection with our loving and gracious God.
Lord, thank You for Your love and grace that You pour upon me. Let Your blessings remind me of how You desire to show Your love. Help me to bless others as You have blessed me. In Jesus’s name, amen.
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