The cloud, that misty covering that ofttimes falls upon God’s people, is not a blot in God’s handwriting. With Jesus, clouds come as a part of His train of glory. Clouds are really not our enemies; they do not hide His face; they are not warnings of an approaching storm. Once you understand that clouds are instruments of divine love, they should no longer be feared.
You will never understand your trials and sufferings until you understand the meaning of holy clouds.
“And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them in the way…” (Exodus 13:21).
Can you picture God’s people, day after day in that horrible wilderness, staring into a cloud? I am sure the enemies of Israel went about saying, “If their God is so powerful, why do they not have sunshine all the time; why do they suffer daily under that gloomy cloud? Everywhere they go, the cloud appears.”
Not to worry, my friends. That cloud others thought to be so unwelcome was their daily scout. When the cloud moved, they moved; when it stalled, they stood still.
God has good reason to stall our cloud. God proved His children, to see if they would run ahead of Him, forgetting to wait for His leading. He waits until we come to the end of our patience and are willing to cry out, “Lord, I’ll wait in this wilderness forever, if that is Your will. I’ll do it Your way; I won’t move until You give me the word.”
If you knew the good that will come out of your cloud, you would not ask for its removal.
I am convinced that every true Christian would choose the very course God has chosen for him, if he knew all that God knows. Life is like a beautiful tapestry, but the Master Weaver only shows you one strand at a time. If you could see the wonderful plan He is working out, you would rejoice rather than recoil.