Recently, I completed reading Beth Moore’s new book, Audacious. I won’t be reviewing it here, but I will recommend it to you. I mention this book because of a section that caught my attention and is still holding me captive.
Beth talks about moments when she has felt God so near or His intervention so clearly that it is like the veil between her and the Lord has thinned for a moment. I paused and related completely to what she was saying.
There have been times I have been awakened in the middle of the night and felt compelled to pray for a certain person. Later I discover that person was going through a hard time and needed some extra prayers on her behalf.
I’ve also been studying my Bible and suddenly have a new insight into what the passage means for me and my situation. Feeling the Spirit so close, I rub at the goose bumps on my arms or breathe deep to calm a racing heart beat.
On several occasions I have been discouraged, specifically about whether my writing ministry is really touching people. At these low points God has nudged a reader or reviewer on my behalf to let me know that a message from one of my stories helped her or provided encouragement. I tear up and nod toward heaven, thanking Him for the gentle shove to keep going.
Many people don’t want to believe in a God they can’t see. I believe that God thins the veil so we can catch a glimpse of Him. But we have to be alert and focused upon Him. I could write off these peeks at God as coincidences, except, I don’t believe in those.
My sweet brothers and sisters in Christ, our God isn’t the kind to hide from us or stay at a distance. No, He is near. He sent his Holy Spirit to live inside of believers. That’s sticking pretty close!
However, these encounters can be blocked out by an enemy who doesn’t want you to experience God. Our enemy is very subtle and crafty. He will blind you to thinned-veil moments by making you think you’re too busy to study God’s Word. He’ll stick a thought into your head that makes you feel following God isn’t worth it. He will amp up the volume of a busy schedule to drown out the Spirit’s nudging.
Why does your enemy care? He knows that the more thinned-veil moments you have with the Lord, the stronger you become at resisting your enemy and the more effective you become for God.
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:7-8
Have you had one of those thinned-veil moments recently? Don’t we serve a great and loving God, Who allows glimpses like this to encourage us?