Friday, February 13, 2015

I pray a lot for people. I ask for prayer requests, not because I want to know people’s business, but because the King of the Universe wants to invade our very lives. I believe in getting God involved in our lives. Today I reflect on the sweet people I pray for. I am encouraged by those who don’t think God is Santa Claus but those who diligently seek Him and count on me to interceed as well. These wonderful believers look different. I think that Psalm 34 explains just why: 

“I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.” Psalm 34:4-5 

I am amazed at how true God seekers look in the midst of trials and difficulties. There’s nothing about them that says ‘victim’ but ‘victor.’ I’m talking about difficult stuff in life that will make you cry. Even in the midst of tears, I’ve been blessed by the work of God in their hearts. Their attitude, in the midst of pain, is different. They are pressed but not crushed, they are struck down but not destroyed. I choose to believe that this curious thing happens because they look to God. Moses experienced a similar thing: 

“When Moses came down Mount Sinai carrying the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, he wasn’t aware that his face had become radiant because he had spoken to the Lord.” Exodus 34:29 

I believe the same thing happen today: as you and I spend time looking at God, our faces become radiant. In the midst of problems and life circumstances, we shine because of He who we behold. My encouragement for you and I is that we look to God. I need that radiant glow of joy because I have been with God and He makes all the difference.