When young, we all loved to look up at the white, puffy clouds rolling across the sky, comparing their shapes to some object, animal, or person. And I think, as we grow older, we still like to cloud watch, seeing little treasures in those billowing vapors.
However, other cloud shapes roll across our lives. Dark clouds of circumstances. Situations that hover over us, making us feel as though they will never disappear. With the pressure they bring, we naturally want to pull away from these trials and run in the other direction. We see them as black cloud-shapes of the enemy. But not every black cloud contains an enemy.
Where did David say God hid? “He made darkness His secret hiding place,” and “clouds and thick darkness surround Him.” (Ps. 18:11, Ps. 97:2 NKJV) And Solomon said, “The Lord said He would dwell in the dark cloud.” (1 Kings 8:12 NKJV)
If God hides in the clouds, don’t His riches await us there? These God-shaped clouds contain the treasures of His presence, His guidance, His peace, His words of comfort, the riches of His glory. And more. Instead of running away from our situations, drawing near to find God is a much better solution, for His “light shines in the darkness.” (John 1:5 NKJV)
Just as the priest of old went into the deepest recesses of the temple, the Holy of holies, the things of God are found deep within.
“Under the shrouding curtain of His pavilion, you will find God awaiting you.” ~ Unknown
Many times, the Lord descended in a thick cloud and called to Moses, beckoning him to come talk. God said to Moses, “I am going to come to you in the form of a dark cloud.” (Ex. 19:9a TLB) And Moses drew near.
‟Do not be afraid to enter the cloud that is settling down on your life – God is in it. The other side is radiant with His glory.” ~Unknown
Plunge into that blackness with fear, but with the reverent fear of the Lord, for in that dark shroud, as the pavilion of His presence of old, you will find His glory awaits you.
“Our troubles have always brought us blessings, and they always will. They are the dark chariots of bright grace.” ~Charles Spurgeon
Do not allow the clouds of your circumstances to cause the darkness of heartache and discouragement to hover over you. Run into the dark cloud where the Lord dwells. There is a silver lining. That’s the glory of God!
Draw near to God in the dark cloud…and find His treasures awaiting you.