I prayed yesterday morning over this blog because I have felt blocked lately. Not connected to God in this way with my writing. I decided at the beginning that I would never force this. If I had to think too hard than the message I was putting out was not from God. I am not okay with that, so I haven’t written in a couple of weeks. Well after I prayed yesterday a thought immediately came to me. A little back story first though.
I was going later that morning to clean out a storage unit my ex fiancé had set up for me while I was sick. My wedding veil was one thing that was in there. God put in my head the thought of veils. The veil we use sometimes and the veil he tore all those years ago while Jesus hung and died on the cross. I wasn’t sure where it would lead, but I’m learning to always follow thoughts that come quickly like that to me. Especially ones right after I prayed for connection to God through my writing.
Wedding veils are beautiful. I love them! But I never gave them much thought except how the perfect veil completes the bride. Well in my opinion anyway. I did some research on them and found that they don’t have such a pretty past. I won’t get into all of them, as that is not the basis of this post. Google it if you’d like, it’s interesting stuff. But the one I want to focus on for a moment is this, the lifting of it signified a transference of ownership from father to husband. When the veil was lifted, torn away from her face, the husband now had full ownership of his wife. All that she was, had, carried, was his.
This correlated to the veil God tore, removed from us, when Jesus died On the cross. Hebrews 9:1-9 tells us that in the temple a veil separated the earthly dwelling place of God’s presence—from the rest of the temple where men dwelt. The veil was a covering keeping us from God. Only a high priest could enter once a year to make atonement for Israel’s sin. Sin that separated them from God. They were not allowed to enter His presence there. When Jesus died though that changed everything. “And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom” (Matthew 27:50-51) There was no longer a barrier between God and His children. An ownership of our sins took place that day. They no longer were ours to carry or atone for through living sacrifices. All our debts were paid in full that day. We now belonged to God. No need for a veil any longer. That’s so beautiful to me!
Some of us though are still walking around covering our faces. Ashamed, trying to hide ourselves from God. So sure that if He truly saw us, all bets would be off. He would give us back. Nothing could be further from the truth. You my friend are his prized possession. You are the apple of His eye. You are the reason He sent Jesus to die. So you would no longer have to be hidden, separated from Him. The enemy would like nothing more than for you and I to be separated from God. To believe we are the one that grace can’t reach.
Psalm 139:13 tells us just how well He knows us, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Yet somehow we believe that God didn’t know our sins before we did. That if He had known, He wouldn’t have sent Jesus. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” It doesn’t say “except (enter your name here)” does it? No! So why are we so hell bent on buying the enemies lies? Believing that we are the one that Gods love can’t reach? It’s been my experience that it’s because he is so good at it, while we are so bad at believing we are worthy. Today it’s my prayer that you decide to fully accept the removing of your veil. That God sees all of you and still wants you. Still loves you. Longs to be in a relationship with you. That on that day Jesus died for you. That God let you know He wants nothing to ever come between you and Him. Tell that enemy to shut up! Go to Gods word today and be reminded just who you are. I suggest you do this everyday as I also know through experience the Devil never quits. In fact, he works harder the closer we come to God. So be ready to beat him at his own game! As always I’m praying for you. Please feel free to pray for me too.
Oh and one last verse, Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Christ died for you because God loves you. Believe that today and everyday.