What is Keeping You from Trusting?
“What will it take for you to trust me?“ I questioned the beautiful red finch in my backyard. Try as I may, she was making it impossible for me to snap her picture as she munched on the sunflower seeds I’d put out. “You see me filling your feeder every morning with yummy snacks and refreshing your birdbath with clean water… but you panic and flutter away in fear when I come near. What else can I do so that you’ll know I won’t hurt you?”
Then I heard a still soft voice in my mind, one that I recognized immediately, asking me the same question. It was the Holy One reminding me of His faithfulness, and yet sometimes there seems to be something that keeps me from trusting Him.
God formed us for His Pleasure!
I’ll never cease to be amazed by the fact that God formed us for His pleasure. This means that we can enjoy the sweet and mysterious mingling of fellowship between the human and the Divine as we bow before Him in worship. He meant for us to:
- See Him in all His glory with our spiritual eyes
- Hear His loving voice whispering truths into our spiritual ears
- Taste His sweetness as he satisfies our thirsty souls
- Experience abundant joy in His presence…a divine pleasure that the evil one cannot steal from us.
But for many of us, this seems impossible. Why aren’t we able to enjoy the nearness of our Beloved continually, on a moment by moment basis? Even though we have accepted Christ as our Savior, there seems to be an invisible veil that keeps us from experiencing this kind of oneness with Him. It is a veil that hardens our hearts and keeps us from experiencing all the Lord desires for us.
The Original Veil
Adam and Eve enjoyed perfect fellowship with God when they lived in the Garden of Eden. They walked and talked with Him daily, but on one horrific day they were separated from His holy presence. When they chose to go their own way and eat the forbidden fruit, everything changed. There would be no more cherished walks in the garden and intimate discussions with their Maker. Instead, they hid behind an invisible veil that separated them from the Holy One.
The work of God in redemption was to bring us back into an intimate relationship with Him, but unfortunately we, too, hide behind a veil from the One who loves us most. Even though our sin has been satisfactorily dealt with by Christ’s death on the cross, we live in a fallen world and experience the painful results of sin all around us. Thankfully, there is a way to remove the veils caused by our sin and the sin committed against us.
The Temple Veil
The Bible speaks of another type of veil. In the Jewish temple there was a thick curtain that separated the people from the Holy of Holies where God Himself dwelt in glorious splendor. This barrier was a reminder that man was separated from God because of sin. Only the High Priest was permitted to go beyond this veil one time each year to make atonement for all of Israel’s sins. These priests were the only ones permitted to experience the divine mysteries found inside.
Although this veil was possibly several layers thick and impossible to penetrate, God did something that amazed the world.
“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the veil of the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom” (Matthew 27:50-51a).
The tearing of the veil at the moment of Jesus’ death dramatically symbolized that His sacrifice was sufficient atonement for sins and that the way into the Holy of Holies was now open for all time. When the temple curtain was torn in two, the mysteries inside were now laid open for all to see. This provided a way for every believer, including you and me, to come straight into the divine presence of God.
In the Old Testament, when Moses met with YAWEH on Mount Sinai, his face became radiant with rays of light. Each time he was with God his face would glow, but when he came down from the mountain this radiance would slowly fade with time. As a result, Moses placed a veil over his face so the people wouldn’t know that the glory was diminishing.
Paul spoke about this veil in his letter to the church in Corinth.
“Only Christ can get rid of the veil so they can see for themselves that there’s nothing there. Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, 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. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.” 2 Corinthians 3:15-18 (The Message)
Like Moses, many of us have a spiritual veil over our faces, but God’s word promises that we can be changed. When we finally come to the end of ourselves, the Holy Spirit can do that which we can never do on our own. And much to our surprise, when we surrender our every thought, purpose and desire to His control, He sets us free from our protective veils so that we can be transformed!
Veils that Hinder Worship
There are many veils that harden our hearts and keep us from enjoying the presence of the Holy One in worship. Many of these barriers are so much a part of our human nature that we are unaware of them. It takes the Holy Spirit’s illumination to bring them into the light and many times this process is painful.
- Perhaps you’ve been dealt a blow in life and you’ve put up veils of protection. Allow God to tear down these walls so that you can be filled up with His abundant love.
- Maybe you’ve been trying really, really hard to do things right for God and you’ve put up a veil of self-reliance and self-sufficiency. Cry out to the Holy One and ask Him to remove this veil so that He can work through you.
- If you’re participating in sinful behavior that’s caused a veil to come between you and the Lord, confess and turn away from it so that He can transform you into something new. When the veil is lifted you will see God face to face and you will be forever changed.
What are the veils in your life that are keeping you from drawing near to God? What does it look like to remove them and experience the fullness of the Holy One? I encourage you to bow before Him in worship and lay all your burdens down. This is the place where you will see that the Lord can be fully trusted. In this safe place you will find joy no matter what your circumstances are.