Radiant Faces

by | Aug 24, 2022

Most often when we talk about radiant faces, we are referring to a pregnant woman.  You know, that expectant glow?  It’s one of the better signs of pregnancy that seems to disappear as soon as the sleepless nights with a newborn start.  But this Psalm is saying that we can all have radiant faces! All we have to do is look at the Father.  The Passion Translation puts it this way, “Gaze upon Him, join your life with His, and joy will come. Your faces will glisten with glory.”  In Acts, Stephen’s face was described as “that of an angel”.   How do you think he obtained such a glow?  It’s only a guess, but I would say it was his passion for the word of God and his fullness of the spirit of God.  

In Acts 7, Stephen basically summarizes the Scriptures (now what we know as the Old Testament) and he is described as being full of the spirit, full of grace and full of power.  How could he have such wisdom and power apart from God?  He couldn’t!  Obviously, Stephen’s glow wasn’t due to a rise in progesterone or increase in blood volume…  He had a different expectant glow, and so can you and I! 

There’s an old Sara Groves song called “You are the Sun” and the chorus goes like this:

“And I am the moon with no light of my own
Still You have made me to shine
And as I glow in this cold dark night
I know I can’t be a light unless I turn my face to You.”

What if we began to gaze upon the Father every spare moment?  What if we beheld Him when sitting in the car line and joined our thoughts with His while perusing the aisles of the grocery store?  Why don’t we rehearse the Word instead of our own concerns and fears?  Maybe in lieu of expensive night serums we could wear the radiance of the joy of the Lord!  And all of this without puffy ankles and morning sickness…  He is surely worth gazing at.

-Jessie D.