The face gives a visible indication of the inward emotions being experienced – be it joy, anger or sorrow.  Moses face shone after being in God’s presence, and he put a veil over it (Ex 34:29-35). Our faces should reflect how we are changing on the inside more and more into the likeness of Christ (Rom 8:29; 2 Cor 3:18).

  What does my face reveal about                              my attitude to life?

In the Bible various actions revealed different attitudes: hiding the face in shame and displeasure (Deut 32:20); covering the face with a veil showed reverence (Gen 24:65); setting one’s face in determination (Isa 50:7; Lk 9:51); to set the face against was opposition (Ps 34:16); bowing the face in respect (Josh 5:14); face to face indicated intimacy (Deut 34:10).  “May God’s face shine upon you” speaks of blessing (Num 6:25).

The ‘face’ of a person becomes synonymous with their presence.  ‘Seeking the face of God’ is a term sometimes used by people indicating they are seeking specific guidance from the Lord.  The advice to “seek His face continually” means to have the mind’s attention directed towards Him and the Bible declares, "He will not turn His face from you if you return to Him" (1 Chr 16:11; 2 Chr 30:9). David's heart cry was, "Your face I will seek. Do not hide your face from me" expressed his desire for a continuance of God's presence with him at all times (Ps 27:8,9).

See also: emotions, expression.

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