Behold, He is coming with clouds… —Revelation 1:7
In the Bible clouds are always associated with God. Clouds are the sorrows, sufferings, or providential circumstances, within or without our personal lives, which actually seem to contradict the sovereignty of God. Yet it is through these very clouds that the Spirit of God is teaching us how to walk by faith. If there were never any clouds in our lives, we would have no faith. “The clouds are the dust of His feet” (Nahum 1:3). They are a sign that God is there. What a revelation it is to know that sorrow, bereavement, and suffering are actually the clouds that come along with God! God cannot come near us without clouds— He does not come in clear-shining brightness.
It is not true to say that God wants to teach us something in our trials. Through every cloud He brings our way, He wants us to unlearn something. His purpose in using the cloud is to simplify our beliefs until our relationship with Him is exactly like that of a child— a relationship simply between God and our own souls, and where other people are but shadows. Until other people become shadows to us, clouds and darkness will be ours every once in a while. Is our relationship with God becoming more simple than it has ever been?
There is a connection between the strange providential circumstances allowed by 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. Until we can come face to face with the deepest, darkest fact of life without damaging our view of God’s character, we do not yet know Him.
“…they were fearful as they entered the cloud” (Luke 9:34). Is there anyone except Jesus in your cloud? If so, it will only get darker until you get to the place where there is “no one anymore, but only Jesus …” (Mark 9:8; also see Mark 2:7).
Beware of pronouncing any verdict on the life of faith if you are not living it. Not Knowing Whither, 900 R
And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13
The front (obverse) of the Great Seal of the United States appears in many settings associated with the president. The back (reverse) side was never made into a seal, but its design can be seen on the back of the United States one-dollar bill. A distinctive feature is the unfinished pyramid with an eye appearing in glory above the pyramid. Such an image of an eye has been used in history to represent God’s omnipotence and providence—the fact that He sees and watches over all things.
It is certainly a biblical image. The writer of 2 Chronicles 16:9 says “the eyes of the LORD” survey all the earth, while the psalmist says “the LORD looks from heaven [and] He sees all the sons of men” (Psalm 33:13-14). The writer to the Hebrews put it more dramatically: “And there is no creature hidden from His sight”—suggesting that mankind would prefer to hide some things from God. The writer also suggests that hiding is a bad idea since we “must give account” to Him who sees everything.
Today, consider the “everythings” of your life. Is there anything you hope God doesn’t see? Ask God for grace to live a life you will be glad for Him to see.
A man may hide God from himself, and yet he cannot hide himself from God. William Secker
Recommended Reading: Psalm 33:13-22