Clouds: His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet.- Nahum 1:3b
August 16, 2010 § 5 Comments
When you think of clouds you might contemplate the beautiful sight to behold in the sky, or their part in rain and photosynthesis, but have you ever looked at the clouds and thought of God? I don’t just mean heaven. I mean God.
The Bible has many references to God and clouds. Take for example that God traveled before the Israelites by day in a pillar of cloud and by night in a pillar of fire to guide them (Exodus 13:21); He again showed them His glory in a cloud over the desert (Exodus 16:10). God spoke to Moses and showed him His glory from within a cloud (Exodus 24:15-16). God told Moses that He appeared in a cloud over the atonement cover (Leviticus:1-2). God spoke to Peter, John, and James after they witnessed the transfiguration through a cloud (Luke 9:34-35). Revelation 1:7 says, “Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. ” There are more accounts in scripture associating clouds with God, but these six examples are enough to confirm that the association holds merit.
Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest, assuaged that “The clouds are a sign that He is there. What a revelation it is to know that sorrow and bereavement and suffering are the clouds that come along with God! God cannot come near without clouds, He does not come in clear shining.
It is not true to say that God wants to teach us something in our trials: Through every cloud He brings, He wants us to unlearn something. His purpose in the cloud is to simplify our belief until our relationship to Him is exactly that of a child-God and my own soul, other people are shadows.” (July 29th entry)
It has been said that “in every cloud there is a silver lining.” Perhaps it would be better to say that in every cloud is God’s refining! When we take a walk through the clouds it is for our sanctification and purification in Christ to ultimately bring us into greater communion with Him. I am certain that my present cloud is teaching me more of God and my great need for Him. What is your walk through the clouds teaching you?
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.” Psalm 19:1-3
Raise the Risk challenge:
- Thank God for your present “cloud” and ask Him to reveal what He is trying to teach you.
- Use the clouds to begin a spiritual conversation with someone.
- Look up more references to God and clouds and post your findings.