Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Veil

This morning as I wrestled with God, He sent me back to 2 Corinthians 3 again. This time, I pondered over a one-liner "God removes the veil and there they are--face to face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone."
Then, when I opened the book I'm reading, The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozar, not surprisingly he was writing about the veil! He writes about how the veil represents our own personal stuff, the deep stuff. My stuff, my heart stuff that I need to confront, the secrets of life. The secrets that need to be looked at, felt and revealed. To do this, hurts, it is deeply painful, it is my cross. He says it like this "to rip through the dear and tender stuff of which life is made can never be anything but deeply painful. Yet that is what the cross did to Jesus and it is what the cross would do to every man to set him free."
He goes on to write how important it is to insist that this work in us be done in all truth. This cross is rough, and deadly, but effective. It is not forever, there comes a time when its work is finished  and the resurrection glory and power and pain is forgotten for joy. God always has a plan, and as I walk on His long road, I will remember that as He reveals truth to me, and secrets to me, the veil is lifting and the road is getting shorter. It feels like ripping, and it is painful. Yet, there is a purpose, it is not done for nothing, it is done for His glory and to further His Kingdom. So, with that knowledge, I do praise His name!
And, so with each day, with this day I am going to ask for more truth to be revealed, I am going to ask for strength to reveal a secret as I receive that truth, and then I am going to pray that  I will die to that secret and rise again to a newness of life IN Him that is even better than what I already know! Wow, I do have a lot to look forward to!
Say That Again, Jesus, You have promised to be my strength, and I know I"m going to need it!

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