In the midst of this presidential race, emotions are high for many people. The direction of our country is at stake, and many who have sworn oaths to defend her become understandably animated with support or opposition to core ideas in this race. All in all, we live in a world that is rapidly losing it’s passion for the ethics taught in the Bible, and their application within our society.
Many have asked for the hand of God to move in a mighty way in this nation. Many have gone into their “prayer closets” and prayed for our leaders. Many have lifted prayers on high for the direction of our moral compass as a nation. These are good prayers: however, we may be going about this the wrong way.
“Think of the excitement that can traverse the airspace between giggling children’s faces on Christmas morning to the hearts of their parents.”
We, as a nation, must shift our focus away from God’s hands towards His face. Think about this for a minute. When we pray for His hand to move, we are asking something for ourselves. We are asking for His actions in this fallen world that can make it better for our children and ourselves. The thrust of this idea, at its core, is firmly rooted in mankind, and not rooted in God. This is the problem. What about seeking His face? What does a face represent? Think how one can read another person’s face. Perhaps a deep conversation has pricked a nerve in your fellow converser, and their face answers your hidden question. Think of the excitement that can traverse the airspace between giggling children’s faces on Christmas morning to the hearts of their parents. The face is a thing on the human body that is intimate. It displays the person like no other area on the body. The eyes transparently illuminate glimmering bits of internal beauty, or they prove chasms of darkness internal. The mouth speaks whirlwinds of good and evil into our hearts as human beings. The face is a telling part of the person, and it is a telling part of God.
What does God mean when He says to seek His face? It means quite simply we are to work towards knowing Him intimately. We are to know how He ticks, if this is possible for men to perceive. We are to digest His Word with unmitigated fervor knowing the end of this meal will diminish the work involved in preparation. We are to spend time in prayer with Him, we are to slow down and take the time to do so. It is only then will we have learned to place Him first in our lives.
We must stop praying for His mighty hand to move our surroundings to comfort us while we neglect the delightful task of being comforted in seeking His face.
We must stop praying for His mighty hand to move our surroundings to comfort us while we neglect the delightful task of being comforted in seeking His face. He knows what will become of our country, and our world. This is not a call for passivity in the electoral process, but a call for priority of individual actions. Let us collectively seek His face, before we ask Him to move mightily for us. Let us seek His face, before we choose a human being to direct the course of our nation. Let us remember the words of the Psalmist: “Your face, LORD, do I seek.”
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Psalms 27:8 – “You have said, ‘Seek my face.’ My heart says to you, ‘Your face, LORD, do I seek.’ ”