Monday, May 13, 2024

Numbers 6:24–26

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

Scripture Insights

The prayer in today’s scripture is the assurance that God is the source of blessings. It announces God’s desire to bless his people and indicates that blessing is God’s idea. Blessing is not something God’s people must beg for; it is a matter of receiving it and passing it on to the rest of the world.
This prayer speaks of the light of the presence of the Lord and the result of living in the divine presence. God supplies the wording of this blessing because it articulates his willingness to respond in grace and generosity. The Lord is eager to turn to his people, to smile on them, to protect them, and to provide complete wholeness and peace.
The prerequisite for this abundant and unlimited flow of blessings is the presence of the Lord. The implication is that blessing is God’s initiative, so it is essential that all our efforts to bless our communities be the result of our seeking God’s direction. And, since God is the source, we can be assured he will provide the necessary resources. Most important, we can proceed with boldness and confidence because we know we are asking and acting according to his will.

Today’s Prayer

Father, help us not to hoard your blessings for ourselves but to spread them to all the nations, according to your will and directions. Help us advance your purposes by prioritizing the good news of Jesus Christ.

—Samantha Chambo
Regional Education Coordinator, USA/Canada, Church of the Nazarene

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