I’ve always been taken with this one phrase from scripture…
“… with unveiled faces.”
It comes from a couple of verses in 2 Corinthians 3, verses 17 and 18 and they always sounded so uplifting that during one of my heavier bouts with my Dysthymic Disorder years ago, I taped it to my journal at the time and it became a kind of lifeline for me.
It spoke of freedom, which anyone who lives with depression can tell you is the ultimate goal, and transformation via the Spirit, the Great Comforter, which is also something we cling to as we battle the ups and downs of mood disorders, and I always took solace in the passage on that very specific level.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s Glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory also, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
So for a great while, it was a lifeline during dark days and even darker nights.
And for the longest time, unveiled faces was a phrase that gave me hope.
And not just because we have what Paul was busy emphasizing, a new covenant where we could finally look upon and dwell with God without anything separating and hindering us, like they had to in the Old Testament, which is, let’s face it, one of Christ’s biggest gifts to us hands down, but as a result we receive a relationship where nothing present or future can block out His love and goodness, His healing and promises, His grace and mercy.
Including that random mood disorder.
Because chronic depression, it’s like a shroud. A fog. An annoying veil that one is incapable of lifting on their own. How well I know.
And for the believer living in a shroud and haze, this term is a game changer. “We, having unveiled faces…”
A veil having been lifted? I’m in!
And not for lack of trying, or positive thinking, or extra vitamins, or meditation, or whatever tricks they think will right a bunch of untouchable transmitters in your brain from colluding with your body, but to know that no such depression hinders Him from responding to the troubled heart.But to know that no such depression hinders Him from responding to the troubled heart. Click To Tweet
We have an unobscured access and view of Jehovah now.
What. A. Promise.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
– Romans 8:38, 39.
Nothing can keep us from Him any longer.
Nothing would keep Him from us anymore.
His covenant allows us to keep eyes fixed on Him without blinders.
Oswald Chambers once wrote;
“The golden rule for your life and mine is this concentrated keeping of the life open towards God… let other things come and go as they may, let other people criticize as they will, but never let anything obscure the life that is hid with Christ in God.”
You know, I say that verse from 2 Corinthians was my lifeline for a time. But I changed it.
Now my lifeline IS the Covenant God it speaks of.
He is never hidden. Just because your depression or illness or situation or circumstance tries to block your view momentarily does not mean He’s not there.
He’s there. He’s working. He’s preserving your life. He’s the Way when there seems like there’s no way.
All veils are lifted now in His presence. ALL of them.
It’s what I say aloud now to my chronic D when it rears its head momentarily. And His Spirit answers mine. That’s what a covenant God does.
And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom and unveiled faces, being transformed.Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom, and unveiled faces being transformed. Click To Tweet
I pray today we grab hold of that and hold on hard.
Today is my 200th blog post here at the P&LP, and more than anything I’ve yet grown to desire on this blogging journey, I want this blog to reflect the gift we’ve been given, the covenant God we serve, and to remind anyone going through any hard thing, that it is never going to be so powerful that it won’t get out of the way when God moves in.
Will you come with me as I explore 200 more?
I want to see where He longs to take us, holding nothing back….
… with unveiled faces.
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