Just Let Me LOOK at You!


“Oh, I want to see Him, look upon His face. There to sing forever of His saving grace…”

There is something to be said about the anticipation of getting to Heaven.  Streets of Gold; Beloved family members; Heroes of Bible History; All of these things bring hope and add to the draw of living in a way that would secure our arrival.

But the real attraction of Heaven is the opportunity to see the face of God.  To meet the deep, entreating gaze of the One who took on the form of man to bring about our ultimate deliverance.

It is that magnificent face that is our topic of conversation today.  We catch glimpses of it when we take the time to invite His presence into our daily lives. We are also beneficiaries of spending time in His gaze when we are inspired with ideas and solutions that bring us from glory to glory.

A lot of people get confused and get enamored by the works of His hands.  There is healing, deliverance and miracles in His hands.  But that is all a by-product of being in His presence and seeking His FACE.

To look into the face of someone you love is to know them intimately: To notice the joy and pain in the most miniscule details.  It is the ultimate marker of real relationship.  Think about it.  Any mother or father can instantly tell when their child is in pain without hearing a whimper or sigh. We can see their humor and joy by the twinkle in their eyes and the curve of their lips. We can tell when we look in the face of someone we adore if they genuinely love us or if they are distracted and not giving undivided attention.

It’s also very difficult to lie when you are looking at someone in the face. It is difficult to deny the truth of what you really feel, good or bad, when someone is looking at you with love and tenderness. 

It is a fearless thing to love someone face to face.  To know and be known, down to the smallest thought or emotion and be truly naked and unashamed in their presence. 

That can be tough with another human being.  No wonder we’d rather seek God’s hands.  Seeking the hand is more of a fleshly experience.  Seeking the face is the act of spiritual satisfaction. 

This is why I find the most joy seeking the face of God.  There is a singular excitement in knowing I can be completely myself in His presence.  I don’t pretend with him.  I see it pleases Him when I am all that He made me, warts and all.  If I need to cry, He doesn’t stop me.  If I need to vent, He doesn’t gasp in offense at my honesty.  And I don’t flinch at His honesty. He tells me when I’m wrong.  He lets me know when I am going my own way.  In the presence of a Holy God, it is impossible not to notice our own unworthiness, but it is also impossible to ignore the loving providence of His Grace that welcomes us each and every time.

It is when I seek the face of God that I know I am truly loved, without question or reservation.  Seeking God’s face is where I find that He is pleased with me and my desire to make HIM happy.  And when my heart is to make Him happy, His greatest joy is to make ME happy. 

Then, He gives me WHATEVER is good for me in His HANDS. God knows it’s never about the things.  I would lay down every single THING to be caught up in His warm embrace. 

Seek the face of God in His Word, in prayer time, in the sunrise, in the face of a loved one or in quiet times alone.  You will never be disappointed.  And when we get to heaven, His will be the face of a familiar friend we’ve been longing to see. What an awesome time to be scooped up in the arms of our Savior, just to tell him, like a long lost love, “Just let me LOOK at You!”

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