Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Veil...

Good morning all-

I hope no matter what your journey is right now you woke up with thanksgiving in your heart. I'm excited this morning because you can hear and feel the rain coming.  It's like God is preparing all His little creatures and sending them a message that provision is on its way.  The birds are chirping to our king and we are all in anticipation for April showers.  God is good and we are blessed moment by moment with His presence and peace.   I pray there is never a time in our lives or those that will go on after us that God is not present. Actually, I pray that for the whole world because a world where God steps back would not be a world I would want to be in.

Well like always I'm a little off of topic.  I really wanted to bring you into our title today.  Why the veil?  Well, I was reading in Exodus, not sure why, it's just where my fingers took me yesterday and God showed me something I'm sure I've seen before but you know when a word just jumps right out of your Bible and your like, Hmm, what is that for?  And then you get into your devotional and you see the word again and your like, okay, this is not a coincidence, right?  So as I made my coffee today it made me think about the meaning. A veil is to hide behind.  It covers the unseen in the spiritual world and it's the picture we have of the temple when Jesus died and the veil was torn.  The curtains tore from top to bottom, remember? I'm sure you do but the veil I'm talking about was of Moses and the experience he had with God and what none of the movies show.  In this story of Exodus, it is revealed in Scripture that Moses wore a veil after he spoke to the people about what God wanted them to know. Interesting right? I found it so.  Why a veil?  I gather it was because he glowed with the power of God.  Remember when God said that He found favor on Moses.  In that Scripture, it reveals that Moses could see God's back but not His face.  And because Moses was so close to the God Almighty, he glowed. And then this morning in my devotional (Jesus Calling by Sarah Young), which off the topic is one of the best I've ever read, it talked about the veil again and I thought, "Lisa you have to put two and two together."  So I did. And what my human brain can gather is that when Jesus died the veil wasn't just torn in the church; it was torn from our eyes.  Through His death and resurrection all of us today have the ability to participate in the same experience Moses had with God and if we let the Holy Spirit take over, the power of God glows within us.

Now that's mighty!  Moses spent time with God and His glory changed Moses' face. We spend time with the Holy Trinity and we will be transformed in that glory.  What a beautiful connection to make on a day when God sends rain to Kansas. I find delight in that, don't you? Because Jesus died on that cross, the veil between God and His people was torn, not just a tad but forever.  We were given the Holy Spirit to be in communion with Jesus Christ so that we could experience God daily. We don't have to hide ourselves behind a veil, we get to live it, speak it and allow people to witness the full glory of God through our lives. I'm in a wow moment, how about you?

Often, I think Christians and non-Christians believe God has no idea what He's doing.  I know there have been times in my life when I was like, "Really God, I think there should be another way." And of course there wasn't because God can see the future and the future is His to see, not ours.  So as I sit and write today, I feel so much thanksgiving in my heart.  I worship a real God.  I worship a majestic God that knows every hair on my head, every step I take and every breath I breathe.  I can look on the cross and see pain, mercy, love and devotion to a people that are blind, kind of stupid and really too self-centered to see Him half the time.  And yet, He loved us so much that He gave His Son to death so that we may have life.  I think sometimes we forget that the life we're living is the purpose but the purpose is for Him to live through us, so that we may have eternal life.  There is no end for a Christian! Take that in today and thank God for tearing the veil and allowing us to be in His presence through His One and Only Son!

Exodus 34: 33-35 NIV

33 When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face.
34 But whenever he entered the LORD’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35 they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the LORD.

2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV

18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.                                

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