“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.“(Matthew 25:34-40)
No man can see God’s face and live? Maybe that’s why, at one point, Moses was only allowed to see God’s “back.” Many songs are sung regarding our expectation, after this life is over, of the joy we shall have in seeing Him face to face.
It was a delightful moment when I realized what may have been meant in a phrase I had just read in a book admonishing me to seek the face of God! I immediately stopped reading to consider what the author was actually saying. I was aware of the scripture, “No man can see God’s face and live.” I also recalled a person, far wiser than myself, saying, “A God which can be comprehended is no God at all.”
During my personal times of prayer and meditation, I had kept myself consciously aware of trying to not have any actual image of the Being I was approaching, let alone trying to “see His face.” However, the phrase was there, and, over a short period of time, it continued to be brought to my attention, until I realized I must stop and think about it. As I did, it became very clear that it could be the face of every person I see. I began to recognize, from a heart of love and compassion, this could be a face of God before me, as a representation of an invitation to fulfill the “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these” scripture quoted above.