Mystery is only the veil of God’s face…

God has still His hidden secrets, hidden from the wise and prudent.
Do not fear them; be content to accept things that you cannot understand; wait patiently. Presently He will reveal to you the treasures of darkness, the riches of the glory of the mystery.   Mystery is only the veil of God’s face […] God is nigh. He is in the dark cloud. Plunge into the blackness of its darkness without flinching; under the shrouding curtain of His pavilion you will find God awaiting you.

Hast thou a cloud?
Something that is dark and full of dread;
A messenger of tempest overhead?
A something that is darkening the sky;
A something growing darker bye and bye;
A something that thou fear’st will burst at last;
A cloud that doth a deep, long shadow cast,
God cometh in that cloud.

Hast thou a cloud?
It is Jehovah’s triumph car: in this
He rideth to thee, o’er the wide abyss.
It is the robe in which He wraps His form;
For He doth gird Him
with the flashing storm.

It is the veil in which He hides the light
Of His fair face, too dazzling for thy sight.
God cometh in that cloud.

 Hast thou a cloud?
 A trial that is terrible to thee?
 A black temptation threatening to see?
 A loss of some dear one long thine own?
 A mist, a veiling, bringing the unknown?
  A mystery that unsubstantial seems:
A cloud between thee
and the sun’s bright beams?

     God cometh in that cloud.

 Hast thou a cloud?
  A sickness–weak old age–distress and death?
  These clouds will scatter at thy last faint breath.
  Fear not the clouds that hover o’er thy barque,
  Making the harbour’s entrance dire and dark;
  The cloud of death, though misty, chill and cold,
  Will yet grow radiant with a fringe of gold.
  GOD cometh in that cloud.

(From Streams in the Desert, public domain version © 1925 )

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5 comments on “Mystery is only the veil of God’s face…

  1. Mystery of mysteries: A man accepts God’s Glory as untouchable emeralds. Yet, in the accepting comes a deeper veil. This one understands what is given to man to understand. Then comes face to face with He who’s face is covered beyond what is given. Mystery of Mysteries. Trust comes harder to those who can’t explain why they have been cut off from “more”. Yet we trust. Yet we obey. For, to whom shall we go? He alone has the words of life.

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    • drew says:

      You have said it well. As did Simon Peter of Bethsaida in Galilee…He alone has the words of life.

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      • Do you ever let yourself think that soon enough we will meet Peter face to face? Personally, I get excited to see Enoch, the 7th from Adam. I know we all talk about how wonderful it will be to see the Lord Jesus. But there are others that capture the wonders of imagination also.

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  2. drew says:

    Dwelling in eternity with God is a heady concept. I can’t say I have a functional understanding of it… (yet).

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  3. I have found a few places along “The Way” that are worthy of mention. But allowing faith to become transformed into “knowing” has broken through a million barriers in my personal war against sin. It is for this purpose that God has spoken. He, who cannot lie, has said that if we believe in His Son and allow Him to transform our lives, we will be ushered into eternity with great joy on His part.

    I understand how we tend to refrain from accepting this as if it were a promise made directly to us as individuals. I’ve spent decades leaving that belief to others and praising God for the joy I see them exhibit. But now, He is providing that same joy for me. All I had to do was believe, and the joy of a testimony of certainty now is mine to hold in my hand. I can examine it anytime I want. And it belongs to me.

    Isn’t this what we are told to urge one another toward? We are told that when we accept the Lord Jesus in fullness, according to the Father’s will, we pass from death to life. May God grant that all His children come to a fullness of belief that presents itself as a knowing.

    Peace to you. May our Father grant you a surpassing joy of knowing. Far too many (including myself) tend to live in a kind of religion that prevents the power of God from exploding outward. It is this knowing that testifies as if an unquenchable flame. It is this knowing that we see manifest in those who have been asked to endure persecution for His name. I do find it curious that my flesh so detests this knowing. It would seem that the one thing true would be embraced by my flesh. But it appears to me the other way around. I would guess this war between the flesh and Spirit holds the very key we are searching for.

    By His Grace.

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