Exodus 33:11: So, the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.
As a father and grandfather, my heart yearns to pass something to my children. If I had but one sentence to pass along it would be this: “Seek the face of the Lord”.
1 Chronicles 16:10-11: Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord! Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore!
Psalms 27:8: When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
We all enjoy the instant messaging, always connected modern world in which we live. This is the world we have created. This is the world we are passing along to our children. But, it comes with one glaring downfall. There is no longer importance and priority placed on face-to-face interaction in our relationships.
Proverbs 16:15: In the light of the king’s face is life, and his favor is like a cloud of the latter rain.
Restoring Face-to-Face Relationships
We are created in the image of God. As such, in each of our faces there is life. When face-to-face interaction is removed, life is removed.
People are now so connected and yet the crisis of the modern world is a crisis of connectivity. When a person becomes an icon on a device, they become less than human. They become caricatures of their true selves. At best, we do not truly know them, at worse they may become someone we can despise.
The key to the healing of this world is in the restoration of face-to-face relationships. This is true with our relationships with other people and more importantly, it is true with our relationship with God.
2 Corinthians 3:8: But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 4:6: For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Seek the Face of the Lord
We can and must be transformed by seeking the face of the Lord. We can and must have face-to-face interaction with Jesus Christ for the sake of ourselves and the world around us.
Spiritual fathers since the time of ancient Israel were told to stand and to bless with the words: “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)