We all know that God put the rainbow in the cloud as a token of the covenant between God and man that He would never destroy the world again by water. Today as I was driving home, I got to looking at the clouds. The sky was full of white, fluffy clouds. It reminded me of laying on my back in the grass as a child and finding shapes in the clouds. I love them!
God evidently likes clouds, too. Besides placing the rainbow in the cloud in Noah’s day, when Moses went up in Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments, a cloud covered the mount. (Exodus 24:15) The Israelites followed a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night during their wanderings in the wilderness. Whenever the cloud stopped, they stopped, and the cloud hovered over the tabernacle. (Numbers 9) Elijah sent his servant to look for a sign that rain was about to come after his defeat of the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. Finally, the seventh time, the servant said, “Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand.” (I Kings 18:44) In Luke 9:28-35, after Jesus was transfigured before Peter, James, and John, and Peter suggested building three tabernacles, one for Jesus, one for Moses, and one for Elijah. It was at this time that a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Son: hear Him.” When Jesus ascended back into heaven, Acts 1, “He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight” (1:9). They were then told, that “this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11) And so on that day, “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (I Thessalonians 4:17)
I don’t know about you, but I’m so looking forward to that cloudy day when the Lord comes again. Bring on the clouds! God Bless, Courtney