God bless you

“The LORD bless you and keep you,
The LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious upon you,
The LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” (Num 6.24-26)

Thus the much beloved Aaronic blessing which we heard and received every week at the end of service. Indeed, the more popular form of this priestly blessing, ‘God bless you’ (in short, GBU), might be the most ubiquitous Christian phrase. It is used basically everywhere by everyone. But sometimes familiarity breeds contempt. Or, abuse. When we wish or pray for God to bless us, it can easily transform to hijacking God and co-opting him for our own agendas. When we say, please, God bless us, actually we only want God to follow whatever we want him to do for us. God, then, merely becomes our stamp of approval.

I believe it should be the other way around when it comes to God’s blessing. If we pray for God’s blessings, we won’t ask him to approve and follow our own ways, but that we will walk according to his way. Not so that his face will turn to us wherever we go, but that we will seek his face and face wherever he makes his face upon.


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