The Light of Jesus’ Face and the “Greening” of His Favor

In the light of a king’s face there is life, and his favor is like the clouds that bring the spring rain.” Proverbs 16:15

Lord Jesus, like all Scripture, this verse finds its bud, blossom, and bouquet in you. You are the King we always wanted.

  • The sovereign ruler—never sleeping, always working for our good
  • The omnipotent one—high and exalted, yet gentle and lowly
  • The monarch of mercy and emperor of empathy—to whom children run, from whom demons flee

To gaze upon your face in the Gospel is to receive light and life, not a scowl and judgment. For you have born our shame and given us your favor. We don’t have to live in fear, in hurry, or in anger. For we are in you—our lives are fully and securely hidden in you, Lord Jesus (Col. 3:1-4).

Your favor permanently rests upon us—never increasing, never diminishing. This seems too good to be true, Lord Jesus. But it is so; it is gloriously true. Make this more real and precious to us than anything, or anyone else.

Your favor, like the spring rain, has brought about the “greening” of our hearts. Continue to nourish, prune, and flourish us, Lord Jesus. We long for the Day when we will be as loving and lovely as you (1 John 3:1-3). In your great and grace-full name we pray, Amen.