But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand. But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. 2 Corinthians 3:14-18
Once we receive Christ as Lord and Savior and allow Him to take control of our life, He promised that He will remove the veil that covers our mind. The veil that Paul was referring to was the realization of the glory of God as revealed in Christ Jesus. In the Old Testament, idolatry prevented people to see and experience God. They turned to idols than offer their worship to the One true God. Relationship with God should provide us the true meaning of what it means to be His children. “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). As a child of God, He wants us to reflect His characters through our lives. Yet, there may be times that you might be frustrated and discouraged that this reflection of God in your life is not clearly shown. The problem is not with God but with your heart that is not fully trusting God. Your loyalty is still divided between what matters to you and to what matters to God. Oftentimes, our desires are not in tune with God’s desires for our lives. Take for example your worry about your financial stability in the future. You want to be in full control by gaining financial security. So in your pursuit of this desire it pulls you away from spending time with God. And the more you pursue this goal, the more you fill your mind with anxiety that you started to drift away from God. God wants you to trust His promises about your future for He alone knows this. He alone can satisfy your longings and your needs. God wants you to have an undivided heart. He wants you to surrender to him all your worries and cares. “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7). The joy of knowing Christ is incomparable to any other pursuit! Trust Christ and let Him provide you the peace that will help you overcome your worries.
Noel De Guzman