As Patty and I walked along a Southern California beach the day after Christmas with some friends we paused to watch the sun bid farewell as it dipped into the vast Pacific Ocean. The setting sun brought me back to a time several years earlier where I sat on the beach only a few miles away reading Habakkuk 2:14:
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters over the sea.
In my spirit I sensed the Lord saying to me one day you will be part of a ministry called Oceans, which will make known the Father’s love all over the world.
As I watched that glorious sunset on December 26 I wanted to shout out praise to a Faithful Father who keeps me in His forever arms of love. It has been exactly two years since we stepped out of the boat and onto the water to start Oceans Ministries. Even though my faith can be weak at times the Father is always present to reach down and grab me when I sink and restore me to His loving face. Oceans can testify to the incredible Good, Good, Father who opens doors to ministry and His hands to abundant provision showing His glory and goodness.
As 2017 begins will you join me in pursing The Favor of the Lord’s Face. I know for some 2016 has been filled with pain and heartache and you have felt like you are about to go under the stormy waters. But take courage my friends you have a Father who is big enough to pull you out and bless you with the Favor of His Loving Face. Our Good Father gave us this Priestly Blessing from Numbers 6:24-27 that I believe will help us see more clearly over the next few weeks His Good and Glorious Face.
The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn His face toward you and give you peace…So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.
This is the heart of your Father, He desires this truth more than you can imagine, to bless you with the smile of His love. He places dreams and visions in your heart, which He has the power to carry out for His glory through you. He has given you His Son Jesus as the ultimate testimony of His goodness to you and through Jesus to show you the glory of His Face. I want to shout out to you as I did that day on the beach how Faithful the Father is! He will keep you in His loving arms and He will never let you go.
I want to live into the blessings from my Father found in Numbers 6, and I pray that you too experience the Favor of your Father’s Face in ways you have never experienced before. Look by faith into His glorious Face.