BUT THEIR MINDS WERE MADE DULL, FOR TO THIS DAY THE SAME VEIL REMAINS WHEN THE OLD COVENANT IS READ. IT HAS NOT BEEN REMOVED, BECAUSE ONLY IN CHRIST IS IT TAKEN AWAY
(2 Corinthians 3:14).
I love the ocean. One of the things I love the most is the fog. Often, the fog would lie low on the water, rendering the fishing boats mysterious and undefined. During times like these, the fish shacks become hazy, as if someone has drawn a veil over them. I love watching with wonder, as everything around me becomes obscured and hidden in the fog.
The last time I witnessed the obscurity of the fog, I heard myself whisper, “God, sometimes You are like the objects in the fog: out of focus…remote…distant. Why is that?”
Through the continuous drone of the ocean I heard a palpable answer in my heart, “My Child, if you are not seeing or hearing Me, it is not because I have chosen to be unresponsive…unsociable… unfriendly. I am not trying to hide Myself from you. I am not trying to make it hard for you to find me. You cannot see Me, because I have been obscured by your own understanding…veiled by your own perturbing perceptions…dimmed by your own negative, destructive thoughts. I am always close to you—just on the other side of the veil. Nothing will separate you from My Love.”
And then He added, “You can lift the veil and experience My Presence by exchanging your own understanding for Mine. You can remove the veil by yielding the messages the father-of-lies has delivered to your heart, to Me. The only thing that is standing between us is the deception of the deceiver: the darkness of your own tormenting thoughts, the murkiness of your own childhood conclusions, the gloominess of your own irrational interpretations. Turn to Me. Then, the veil will be taken away…and you will experience Me.”
BUT WHENEVER ANYONE TURNS TO THE LORD, THE VEIL IS TAKEN AWAY
(2 Corinthians 3:16).
Do you often hear God’s Voice? Do you regularly experience His Love? Or has God been someone who is hidden from you? Do you want to see His Hope, hear His Truth, and feel His Love in your life?
What has the father-of-lies told you is the reason you are not experiencing God’s Presence in your life? If you believe these lies, they have been doing exactly that—drawing a veil over your understanding, so your mind becomes dull, unable to connect with God.
Turn to the Lord Jesus. Submit these beliefs to Him. Then, look for Him.
PRAYER: Lord God, I want to see You. I want to hear Your Voice. I want to experience Your Presence. Therefore, I submit these negative, destructive beliefs to You that claim that I am unworthy of Your Presence. Show me the Truth, so the veil can be lifted…and I can come into Your Presence.
Maintain an Awareness
Regardless of which pain you have, the determining question is, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH IT?