29 What Do You See In Your Clouds?
“Behold, He cometh with
clouds.” Revelation 1:7
In the Bible clouds are always connected with God.
Clouds are those sorrows or sufferings or providences, within or without our
personal lives, which seem to dispute the rule of God. It is by those very
clouds that the Spirit of God is teaching us how to walk by faith. If there
were no clouds, we should have no faith. “The clouds are but the dust of our
Father's feet.” 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
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. Until other people become shadows, clouds and darkness will
be mine every now and again. Is the relationship between myself and God getting
simpler than ever it has been?
There is a connection between the strange
providences of God and what we know of Him, and we have to learn to interpret
the mysteries of life in the light of our knowledge of God. Unless we can look
the darkest, blackest fact full in the face without damaging God's character,
we do not yet know Him.
“They feared as they entered the cloud . . .” – Is there anyone “save
Jesus only” in your cloud? If so, it will get darker; you must get to the place
where there is “no one any more save Jesus only.”