We were made to reflect the image of God and allow him to shine through us. The irony of it all is that our desire for shiny “things” has tarnished the mirror.
I do love shiny things. What girl doesn’t? Or guy, for that matter? Shiny is new, unblemished and pleasing to the eye. It lures us in. Shiny can be a chocolate dipped strawberry or hopping on the Internet for a quick search and suddenly 45 minutes have passed. (Yes, that just happened to me). So what does this have to do with the blessing in Numbers 6:24-26? It has to do with verse 25, “The Lord make his face shine upon you.”
Maybe this obsession with shiny started out as something pure. Maybe we were originally wired to seek out a shine that is eternal – to seek our pleasure in God, not the temporal that pleases momentarily, fades, tarnishes, and corrodes. When we bit down into the polished forbidden fruit, shiny suddenly changed. We no longer reflected God in us.
I draw the connection because this aspect of the blessing speaks of God being pleased with us. We were created to live as a reflection of Him. Eph 5:8-10 reminds us that we once lived in darkness but now [in Christ] we are children of light. Living a life that consists of goodness, righteousness and truth means that our actions must reflect what we believe.
The words “and be gracious to you” is a blessing of mercy and compassion that He pours into our lives. That quality needs to flow through us to other people. Mercy is the ability to show forgiveness. Unfortunately many Christians struggle with this basic principle because they feel someone has so profoundly hurt them that they cannot get past it. It eventually robs them of a life of joy. And a life without joy is dull – the opposite of a life that shines.
Today’s prayer: Lord, help me overcome my obsession with shiny things that don’t matter. I want to allow your light of compassion and mercy to shine through me. That’s where I will find true pleasure in life. A life that is free of bitterness, anger and unforgiveness. You want me to have an abundant life in Christ and I want that too.