This morning I was sent this very verse via a text message from a Pastor friend of mine. I believe it was God’s way to remind me of this. However, just as I was deciding what verse to focus on I received the text. I think God wanted me to share these particular verses today because He wants to reach someone that is going to be reading this today!
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May, the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift his countenance upon you and give you peace. This is a priestly blessing that God gave to Moses to give to Aaron to give to Israel. It is a reminder that we all can count on God in this new year of 2016. Count on God’s blessings through Jesus Christ. Count on God who wills for your good and is committed to keep you. The priestly blessing shows God’s will for your good. God keeping us, is God safeguarding us. You can count on God’s presence and his favor. We do not earn favor, because it is given in Christ. We can count on God’s peace. God turning his face to us is God smiling on us. Peace he promises is the quality of life you will enjoy when you choose to follow Jesus Christ as your Savior.
**“Barakah” the Hebrew word we translate as blessing, is defined as a present. The root word for barakah (blessing) is baruch (bless) which means to kneel. When we say “God bless you,” we are saying God kneels and gives you a gift. Imagine God kneeling to present you gifts. His biggest gift to us being Jesus Christ, his son!