Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Why seek His face?

I asked myself this very question this morning? Why is it that the Bible encourages to seek God's face? Why not his hand or his body or his mind? Why are we seeking his face? What is it about the face of God that is worth seeking? Forgive me I'm not trying to be disrespectful I'm just curious. I was really thinking about that today. I plan to research it further and let you know what I find out but I really am curious about why we are encouraged to seek his face.

Here are my thoughts. When I was growing up often times I would get into trouble, and would find myself standing in the doorway of my parents' bedroom on trial, pleading my case and they would always emphasis maintaining eye contact with them. It's like if they could see my face, they could see if I was lying, being sincere, acting in spite, etc. So maybe God wants us to see his emotion see his heart projected on his face. Maybe that's why we are told to seek his.

Secondly, I think of Asian Cultures where the elders/adults find it highly disrespectful when the children look the parents in the eyes. If they are truly respectful, they will bow their heads as a sign of humility. In other cultures I hear that eye contact can be viewed as challenging behavior.
However we're seeking his face not his eyes. Hmmm...interesting.

Then I think to myself maybe it's just that God views us as friends so we can sit and talk to him face to face and he will hear our plea. Maybe we need to know that he loves us, and places us higher than we view ourselves so therefore we are allowed to view him face to face. I don't know exactly what it is, but I want to know more. I want to know why we are encouraged to seek his face.