with the Lord
“Moses spoke face to face with the Lord, as a man
to his friend.” Exodus 33:11.
The word “face” is used twelve different ways
in the Scriptures. One meaning is to seek the audience and
favor of God.
“When You said, Seek My face, my heart said to You,
Your face Lord, will I seek.” Psalm 27:8.
It is easy for us to desire the Lord’s blessing and
provision, as these needs are ever present with us, and He
will respond and provide for us. But the Lord desires something
far deeper from us - our fellowship. Throughout the ages,
the Lord has looked for those who earnestly seek to personally
know Him; those who have turned aside to cultivate a personal
relationship with Him.
The Lord came often to the Garden of Eden, to walk with Adam
and Eve and share His heart in fellowship with them. The enemy
also came, and convinced them (and at times, us) that they
should live independently from God. They rebelled against
the Lord’s command, and the intimate (face to face)
communion they had with the Lord was broken.
Throughout the ages, from time to time, a man or woman hungered
to find that special place of relationship once again. Genesis,
chapter five, tells us that Enoch walked with the Lord so
closely, that one day, he walked into eternity! He had become
so intimate with the Lord, that he was taken up into the place
of continual communion with God.
Noah appeared on the scene at the time in which the Lord
said that He was sorry He had made man. But Noah found grace
in the eyes of the Lord. Gen.6:9b tells us that “Noah
was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked
with God.” Instead of taking Noah to Himself, the Lord
gave mankind another chance.
If you walk close enough to someone, you can gaze into their
face and know what is on their heart. Abraham was called “the
friend of God.” He knew the Lord so well that when asked
to sacrifice Isaac, he knew that the Lord would raise him
up. Isaac was the seed of promise, as Abraham had been told
by the Lord that from his loins would come many nations, even
as the sand of the sea in number.
The apostle Paul said, “that I may know Him …”
Phil 3:10. This kind of knowing is intimacy, or face to face
After Moses had spent years with the Lord, he still cried
out “show me Your glory.” The Lord was so pleased
that He hid Moses in the cleft of the rock, so He could expose
as much of Himself to Moses as he could handle. When he came
down from the mountain, there was such glory upon him, that
he had to veil his face.
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass
of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to
glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” II Cor 3:18.
As we behold the Lord, face to face, we will become so much
like Jesus, that His image will be reflected through us. This
will greatly convict and influence all those who are around
Isaiah speaks of a people who have beheld Him to the point
that His glory literally radiated from them.
“Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory
the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness
shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; But
the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen
“The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings
brightness of your rising.” Isaiah 60:1-3 NKJV.
May those of us who truly are seeking the Lord, begin to
seek His face, and not just His blessings.