In the light of the king’s countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain. (Proverbs 16:15 KJV)
Depending on which study you go on, somewhere between 60 and 93% of all communication is said to be “non-verbal.” Along with the actual words heard, the listener is also processing the speaker’s inflection, facial expressions, gestures, posture, and a host of other context clues. Most of the time, we process this non-verbal communication instinctively to arrive at the speaker’s total meaning. Communication is complex, but God has gifted man’s intellect to sort through it all in the beautiful art of human conversation.
Today’s proverb is about non-verbal communication between the king and one of his subjects. Perhaps the subject has been arrested and charged with a crime of a serious nature. For whatever reason, the poor man is hauled in before the king. As the charges are read, the subject dares not lift his eyes from the parquet marble floor of the throne room. But then the defendant’s legal counsel urges him to look up at the king! Trembling, he lifts his chin, and against all hope, he see the light of acquittal in the king’s eyes! Overwhelmed with grateful joy, the king’s subject falls to the floor. With tears streaming, he thanks his king for granting him life.
STANDING BEFORE KING JESUS
Dear reader, one day soon you will face King Jesus. It may be this very day, or it may be years hence. But God’s Word testifies that God the Father has granted to His Son the authority to judge the world with justice. That this unique honor is given to Jesus is proven by God’s raising Jesus Christ from the dead (Acts 17:31). What do you expect to see in the eyes of Jesus on that awesome day? The light of life? Or will his face be full of wrath and the verdict of death (Proverbs 16:14)?
The gospel tells us that in His great love, God did the most amazing thing: He sent His Son, the King, to earth to receive God’s wrath against the sin of man. God has a measured, just, hatred of sin. Sin cannot be ignored. That’s why King Jesus went to the Cross! To be the sin-bearer!
Now the gospel commands all men, women, boys and girls, from every nation, tribe, language and people group to repent of their sins and to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (Acts 2:38, 17:30). The result? That you will one day look into the eyes of your Judge, and there you see the loving eyes of your Savior—even the Lord Jesus Christ.
Father God: In the countenance of your own dear Son, we see the light of life. May his face shine in all of its glorious, merciful brilliance upon the reader this day. Through Christ our Lord we pray: Amen.