“The Lord bless you and keep you: The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you: The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26, RSV)
Today’s passage is important to me. It might very well be the first passage of scripture I memorized before I realized that what I was doing. The verses in today’s text were how we would close our youth ministry meetings when I was a teenager. A few years later I used them myself when I was a youth director, and it was a wonderful bridge between by youth and adult ministry.
As you read today’s passage, you’ll note that it refers to, “The Lord.” The Lord in this case is translated from the original Hebrew that means, “I AM,” and “the God who lives.” When we read this three separate times in today’s text, it is possibly a reference to an understanding of our Trinitarian God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. If so, you can see the work of our living God as our Creator and Father who blesses and keeps us all close, even in spite of ourselves; God the Son and our Savior in Jesus comes as the Light of the World to illuminate the darkness and show that the heart of heaven beats for humanity; and God the Holy Spirit who gives the peace of God that only can come from God. This beautiful blessing is full of the way God works in, for, and through you.
Do you need some good news today? Our living God is hard at work to bless and keep; graciously illuminate the darkness of the world, even when the darkness is caused by self; and to offer a peace that only God can grant by living in you to displace the junk. May this knowledge be a true blessing for you today, so you may be a blessing in your world, too.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I praise you because I mow you are the Lord who lives. Help me in all ways to know that you keep me close, illuminate my darkness, and grant me the peace that transcends all understanding. I pray this in the precious and holy name of Jesus. Amen.
Have a blessed day,