Emoticons are a modern way to express joy, sorrow, and a collection of other emotions. Imagine a time-traveling friend wanting to leave you a message, so he sneaks his message into an ancient document. The year is 1611. A document of documents marks history, ensuring its presence into the 21st century. Little did you know, the Bible is the document, and it’s got a personal message from a dear friend. Actually, the friend is God, and He’s also a loving Father and perfect judge. You’d think this multi-faceted relationship would make things too complicated, furthering the distance. Then you find out He sent His only non-adopted Son to bridge the gap. The Bible is His written intention of displaying His love and plans for you.
So what do emoticons have to do with this? First of all, let me clarify that these are not as sure as the Word of God itself. These are impressions I’ve gotten, which are more of a comforting thought than a take-it-to-the-bank statement. I happened upon these little emoticons every now and then when listening to my pastor or enjoying peaceful devotions. The ones that stood out to me were the smiles 🙂 and winks 😉 that showed up at just the right spot. The smiles seemed to be saying, “You can smile, this is good news.” The winks weren’t the bad winks, as if God were winking at sin, but more the sense of “You’ll see what I mean” or “This one’s for you, my precious child.”
I’m not saying with 100% certainty that God did place these emoticons there for a specific reason. But then again, who says that He couldn’t? What I will do is to share the smiles/winks that really hit me most, and explain why they hit me. As a blog, I’ve split this up into 3 parts: SMILES, WINKS1 and WINKS2.
Here’s 8 smiles that say “You can smile, this is good news ”
1) Num 34:2 Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land of Canaan; (this is the land that shall fall unto you for an inheritance, even the land of Canaan with the coasts thereof
Reason to smile: Before the children of Israel even stepped foot in Canaan, God guaranteed the inheritance of the place with its coasts.
2) 1 Kings 11: 32 (But he shall have one tribe for my servant David’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel
Reason to smile: Through the royal line of David, in the prized city of Jerusalem, Jesus would come, the ultimate fulfillment of the promise.
3) 2 Chron 6: 30 Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men
Reason to smile: It may not be comforting to hear that God knows our hearts through and through, but the beginning of the verse reminds us that He does hear and forgive.
4) Matt 6: 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
Reason to smile: This smile comes right in between all those nice things the world is reaching for and then the Father’s knowledge of our needs. He knows exactly what we need, so smile!
Everything the prophets pointed to – the lineage, the place, the time – have all lined up. Now just look up and seek out the star’s trail. You can see the corners of history’s mouth curl up into a smile.
6) Acts 10: 36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all
Reason to smile: Following the aftermath of war-torn ages and captivities, the peace that comes from the kingdom of Christ comes with a beaming smile. Verses 37 and 38 describe the entrance of this eternal kingdom:
37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; 38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
7) 2 Cor. 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight
Reason to smile: If we walked by sight, we’d look to our present circumstances and most likely frown. Faith is the substance – the future reality – of things hoped for. And these future things, as promised by God, are definitely worth smiling about.
8) Gal 2:8 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles
If you’re a Gentile, here’s a reason to smile: God called Paul to bring the Gentiles to Christ. If you’re a Gentile and a Christian, you can trace your spiritual lineage back to the outworking of this very verse.
(All verses are taken from the 1611 King James Version of the Bible. Also, you’ll notice I had to use this image or else wordpress automatically turns the punctuation into another image.)