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Welcome! Welcome, dearest friends, to His Encouragement: Biblical Inspiration for Your Thursday. Every week, I join a few blogging friends to bring you a Bible passage and a little hope-filled discussion. We pray that these devotionals help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you.
The Lord bless you and keep you;Numbers 6:24-26, NKJV
The Lord make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace
There is a lot of hurt, grief, confusion, anxiety, and anger in my country right now, and possibly in yours, as well. This year has been a tumultuous one, and we are not even halfway through.
I have previously written on remaining steadfast through trials, hope in crisis, grieving in hope, the Lord delivering us from our fears, our Christian responsibility to speak up for those who cannot, and Jesus’ compassion on all people. If any of those topics match what you are feeling or searching for today, please read those devotionals.
Right now I want to speak directly to the person who is in a dark place. Perhaps you are filled with anxiety or dread regarding our bleak-looking future as a human race. Or you are filled with sadness so great it threatens to overwhelm your already-broken heart. Maybe you are seething with anger at the injustices you experience or see happening around you.
No matter what you are facing right now, take hold of the blessed promises found in Numbers 6:24-26.
If you turn to the Lord, He will bless and keep you. The original Hebrew word translated here as “keep” is shamar, which according to Strong’s Concordance, means: “to keep, guard, keep watch and ward, protect, save life”. (Source) Let’s pause a moment and consider that promise in light of 2 Thessalonians 3:3, “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.”
The Lord will show His kindness and have mercy on you. The original meaning for this verse is more like: The Lord’s very presence (sometimes translated as “face” or “countenance” from the Hebrew paniym) will enlighten or shine on you and He will bestow pity, mercy, favor upon you. Not that we deserve His mercy and favor because we know no one can earn forgiveness and salvation, but it is a gift He offers to us. (Romans 6:22-23; Ephesians 2:8-9)
The Lord will watch over you and give you peace. The word paniym is used again to mean His very presence will be with you and you will receive His peace, a peace that surpasses all earthly understanding. (Philippians 4:7) A special peace with God Himself.
These promises don’t mean that bad things won’t ever happen to you or me. We are sinful, broken people living in a sinful, broken world with other sinful, broken people. The difference is that we believe in the power of a risen Savior who has conquered sin and the grave and He will be returning to set the world right again. (1 Corinthians 15:20-24; John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:1-4)We are sinful, broken people living in a sinful, broken world with other sinful, broken people but we believe in a risen Savior who has conquered sin and will return to set the world right again. Click To Tweet
You are deeply loved and cared for by your Creator, Redeemer, and Friend. Do not lose hope. In the midst of your darkest days or moments, turn to Him for comfort and peace. He is offering it to you. A free gift. You just need to reach out and accept it.
What verse has touched your heart this week? Share in the comments below!
Be sure to also visit my fellow bloggers and read their encouragement for your Thursday as well:
- Trisha of Joy of Reading
- Nicole of The Christian Fiction Girl
- Jessica of A Baker’s Perspective
- Becca of The Becca Files
- Gina of Stories by Gina
- Rev. Rebecca Writes
- Andi of Radiant Light
- Leslie of Words of Hope
- Claudia of By Claudia Moser
- Keneesha of Women Loving God’s Way