And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.
The word we see translated as vail in the English in this scripture comes from a word in the Hebrew which means molten metal, a molten image, molten gods, a web, a covering, a veil, woven stuff. The point is that because of our emotional and mental inheritance, our environment and our choices we all have a filter that we see things through. It takes a certain amount of maturity and experience in life to reach the place where we begin to understand that maybe there is more to something than what I am perceiving initially. That is why it is so important to learn the skill of being able to wait upon the LORD. When we learn to wait upon the LORD and get beyond our inherent narcissism we soon discover that the LORD is working something that is much larger than just me.
One thing that mountains speak of metaphorically in the Bible is a place of power. A mountain rises up in beautiful majesty towering over all around it. The LORD brings us to mountains in our life and because of the inherent narcissism in most human beings we immediately assume it’s a reward because we have been so good and done things so right. The truth is that often the LORD brings us to these places so that He can destroy a veil or a filter we have been looking through. Proverbs 12:15, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” It is easy enough to wait on the LORD and seek counsel when it’s obvious how we have messed something up. However it’s not so easy when we feel like we are in a place of power and our perception of the situation is the right one.
In Genesis 13:14 the Bible says, “And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:” So Lot was standing between Abraham and what Abraham was supposed to see. Once Lot was separated from Abraham then Abraham could see farther and more clearly than before.
In the perilous times that we live in, may we learn to wait upon the LORD and allow Him to destroy the veil upon our eyes.