Who Smiles On You?
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.
- Numbers 6:23-25
Every time I give my youngest Goddaughter (Zoe) a goodnight hug I whisper in her ear, "Do you know what God does when he looks at you?" By now she's figured out the proper response, so she whispers it back: "He smiles!"
That's what this verse is saying. It's a prayer of blessing, inviting God to smile on people. Isn't that what "make his face shine on you" means?
Smiling on you means that God is not just putting up with you, not just okay with you, but positively delighting in you! Just like Jesus pronouncing blessings on the little children who came to him, delighting in them.
So do you experience God's smile? Take some time today to ponder God smiling on you.