“But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:15-17, NKJV).
How I love to imagine Moses’ story! What must it have been like, up there on the mountain, face to face with God? Then when his countenance was shining resplendently with the glory of God, the need to cover himself with a veil! What did that look like, that the Israelites could not bear to set eyes on him otherwise? That they could not handle taking in so much glory?
That veil becomes a spiritual symbol in our passage for today, representing the covering that shrouds blinded hearts. What is this veil that lies over such hearts? It’s unbelief. This is the barrier that keeps them from seeing Him.
To see the Lord is to see His glory. A magnificent promise follows this description of spiritual blindness: when we turn to Him, the veil is taken away. He opens the eyes of our hearts, and we begin to behold His glory. It’s this very beholding that changes us each day to become progressively more like Him: “And we all… beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed…” (v. 18, ESV). The more we see God, the more we take in His glory, the more we come to resemble Him. The becoming is in the beholding.
God is quick to remind us that this transformation taking place in our lives is His work. That’s why His next words above are “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” It’s the Holy Spirit that removes the veil that had blindfolded us. It’s the Holy Spirit that illuminates the eyes of our hearts so we can behold God. And it’s the Holy Spirit that enters into our being and establishes His perfect liberty there.
Relating this principle back to Moses’ story once again, we can now more deeply appreciate the reference to him in Hebrews 11:27: “…He persevered because he saw him who is invisible” (NIV, bold emphasis mine). God is physically invisible, but once Holy Spirit removes the veil, He is not invisible to our spiritual eyes. Moses saw Him. It was that beholding that gave him the strength for his journey. Imbibing God’s glory empowered his perseverance.
Beholding His glory will empower our perseverance today too. In fact, seeing God is essential for a vibrant, fruitful, lasting relationship with Him. Drawn into ever-increasing degrees of glory, we desperately need to daily lay our eyes on Him who is invisible.
Daily, Holy Spirit will draw your heart towards our beautiful Savior. Respond to Him. Yield to Him. Surrender to Him. Let Him draw you into the presence of Jesus, where He will continue His majestic work of transforming you more and more into His image. Let Him stir up more and more hunger for the beholding. Let your spirit cry out in response to His magnetic pull, “Daddy God! I’ve got to have more of You! Please show me Your glory!!”
Can you remember a specific moment when it felt like a veil was lifted and you could see clearly what had been previously hidden from you?