The Look

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Ever see anyone that could just look at you and you knew what they were thinking? Or, use their facial expressions and eyes to tell you something or ask you something without words? Perhaps show their expressions, happy, sad, angry, confused, the list could go on forever. My mom had that ability. Last night, my grandkids were at the house, my grandson did something he shouldn’t have and I said his name, he looked at me and I gave him that disapproving look. He said he was sorry and went on to something different. So, I guess I sort of have that ability too. But, my mom, boy, did she have some looks. She could just look and have one expression that said, I know you did something, I don’t know what it was, but you did something you weren’t supposed to do. Then, keep up with the look, it wasn’t a stare, just looked at me. Well, it was enough that I would usually confess, sometimes she actually knew what I had done, sometimes she didn’t but boy would I spill the beans on myself. Other times, it was easy to tell if she was pleased, angry, sad, disappointed, proud, happy, etc. Some people just have a way with their faces and eyes to say a lot. No words needed. Got me thinking how, in my mind, at times God is giving us a look. Maybe we did good and pleased Him, maybe we did wrong and displeased Christ and sort of made Him angry. Sometimes, just a look of disappointment. The face of God can be a powerful thing. I don’t know if everyone does it or not, but in my mind I see a face, probably somewhat of a composite of all the different pictures I have seen of God and Jesus and He is giving me a variety of different looks. In the past, very disapproving looks, now those are rare. I still get that mental image. That conviction in my heart that I disappointed Him.

The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, [and] seek God. Psalm 14:2

He looks down on us, watches us, looking to see if we understand, if we seek Him. If we are not, He will be sure to look with a disapproving and saddened face.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

But, when God sees that we are doing the right thing, seeking Him, that we are giving things to Christ, He will give that pleased, proud look I had seen in my mom’s eyes. I know I liked that look better than the disapproving, angry, disappointed looks too.

And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them. Exodus 2:25

I want to see that look in God’s eyes and face, the look of approval, love, respect that tells me I am doing things the way Christ would have me to do.

Lord, I praise You and glorify your name. I thank you for all You have done for me and with me. I ask that You continue to work on me that I seek Your face and do so in a way that the looks I see of those of approval and pride in my words and actions. I ask that You continue to work in me to make me the vessel you want me to be for You. I pray You continue to work in the hearts and minds of loved ones that they seek Your face and the pleased look of respect and approval in their lives. Show them where we are all ignoring Your will and way for us and what we need to do to follow the plan Christ has for us.



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