CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Let Me See Your Face 2/5/2024

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by Precarious Yates

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My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.

During the month of February, we walk into the shops and see hearts, flowers, and chocolates EVERYWHERE. We’re reminded of love every time we turn around. For some people, this is beautiful. For others, it’s a frustrating reminder of failed expectations.

But let’s journey through a paradigm shift to a revelation of love that does not fail.

Picture the scene. The Shulammite maiden stands on the mountain, hiding in the clefts of the rock. Her beloved stands near and calls out to her. He knows she’s hiding, but he’s calling her forth.

When God revealed His name to Moses (Exodus 33-34), He placed Moses in the cleft of the rock. When Moses encountered the Lord, God didn’t allow Moses to see His face. He said that the moment Moses saw His face, he would die. Would this always be the case for everyone?

In Psalm 27, David declares, “When You said, Seek My face,My heart said to You, Your face, Lord, I will seek. The Lord wants us to seek His face because He is seeking ours. He wants that reciprocal relationship, and to build a relationship on trust, intimacy, and honesty.

When the beloved sees the maiden there, he tells her he wants to see her face and hear her voice. God wants to give us a chance to speak now and share about ourselves. What a beckon into relationship! God tells us all about Himself—He declares His name to us, and then He wants to hear all about us! Let me see your face, He asks, let me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet and your face is lovely.

How kind He is toward us! Take some time to listen to His voice and let Him hear yours. When He speaks to us, it’s with such tenderness. When we fill our hearts with the tender mercies of the Lord, we begin to speak those mercies to others.

Take some time to let Him see your face, as you take some time to seek His face. When we begin to hear God’s words of love about us, telling us how we are beautiful to Him, we begin to see others as beautiful, and draw this out of them.

This is how we love one another. And the world will recognize that we are followers of Christ when we love one another.

Blessings, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Precarious Yates


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The Heart of the Caveat Whale is an epic trilogy that takes place both under water and on land. Book 1, The Captives, in the beginning of a journey into joy and terror. Sea monsters abound, as does the valor of both simple folk and nobles alike.


About the Author:

Precarious YatesPrecarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their big dogs. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms, praying and reading. She holds a Masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.


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