Those who look to Him are radiant with joy;
no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
A dear prayer partner referenced this verse one evening during our time together.
I don’t remember the context. But the impression of this Scripture remains on my heart, perhaps because of the mental image it evoked.
“Those who look to Him…”
Is there anywhere to look for Him besides up? Yes, as a believer in His Son Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of my sins, His Spirit is within me. And yes, since He’s omnipresent – present everywhere – He’s all around me.
But as the Creator of the universe Who dwells in heaven, I don’t think it’s wrong to visualize Him above us.
He’s certainly above our circumstances. Above our fears. Above our failings.
And so “those who look to Him” might do so just like a small child who holds her daddy’s hand as they walk together.
I don’t know about you, but I want nothing more than to walk with Him. Radiant with joy in His presence, just for the sheer delight of being with Him.
I have no greater desire than to hold His hand, keeping in perfect step with where He’s going. With where He’s leading me. Radiant with joy to be partnering with Him. Cooperating in His work in the world.
When I stumble, nothing reassures me like lifting my eyes to His face. Radiant with joy because my countenance is reflecting the light of His.
“…No shadow of shame will darken their faces.”
Because really, how could it? As long as my world-weary face is meeting His radiant one head-on, no shadow can cross my features.
Shame, guilt, bondage, fear…
all of it, banished in the glorious light of His face.
Do you have shadows to dispel? A dark cloud of gloom blighting your face?
Look to Jesus, friend, and be radiant with joy.
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