Clouds aren’t all bad
So much has happened between my last post and now, but I understand God was using it all for this post to help guide and encourage you, whatever you may be facing. To God be the glory!
Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there. Clouds. They cover, conceal, and billow. Many cloudy days are considered gloomy and gray, but the sun is always shining.
If you are human then you’ve experienced cloudy days, months, or even years. It’s usually a season when things just don’t seem to go according to our plans. They’re dark, long, and you honestly just wish they would end. During these times, we plead with God asking Him to take the hardship away and bring back the bright, sunny days when everything seemed to be good.
I’ve had my cloudy seasons and to be transparent, one just recently passed. I’m so glad it’s over, but I look back and thank God for it. Now why would I be thankful for hardship, tears, and pain. Sounds twisted right? I know it’s weird, but when we take a look at how God used clouds, we realize they are for our good and are obscure blessings.
- Clouds often reveal what God wants to fix in us. During tough times, it’s natural to seek God’s help and wisdom to weather the storm. As a result, God allows us to see who we really are, what we’re really made of in Him. For example, if you usually try to fix problems yourself, you will discover that you can’t do it quite like God can. But when you give Him full authority and reign, He has a way of doing it better than we can. So in this instance, the lesson of relinquishing total control to Him is revealed in us. Whatever situation we face, He’s got it covered.
- Clouds are our covering. Have you ever experienced an extremely hot day and the moment a cloud covers the sun you’re relieved? Well, this is the same idea for our lives. When things get too hot, He cools and shades us with his love and protection. For instance, when the Israelites were moving through the wilderness, God provided a cloud that covered them from the elements (Exodus 13:22). There’s also a great reference in Psalm 105:39. When we’re moving through what seems to be an impossible situation, God is right there shielding and protecting us through it all.
- Clouds are where we find God’s glory. When a storm is brewing it usually gets dark and is a prompt to take cover and get to a place of safety. As christians, we have an anchor in Jesus who shows off in the darkness. In Isaiah 60:2 it says:
See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.
When life gets dark, there’s no need to cower and fear as we have assurance that God and His spiritual army are rising up on our behalf. We are called to use our spiritual armor and to fight through prayer as God wants us to submit to Him to handle our battles and periods of darkness. In the process, we get closer to Him and grow spiritually and He gets the glory despite the situation at hand.
Light always overcomes darkness. Whether you are ridiculed for being the only believer in your workplace, school, or gym, God knows how to use you for His glory, purpose, and plan. You become a light in a dark place. Our adversary, the devil doesn’t like this too much, so you just may find that all hell will begin to break loose in your life. But there’s no need to worry because in this desolate place you will find that God is going to show Himself strong in the midst of the chaos. In Exodus 16:10 it says:
While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the LORD appearing in the cloud.
So it doesn’t matter if you’re the only one #teamJesus because in that lonely place, you’ve already won. God is there.
God knows how to turn evil meant to hurt and harm into an event that leaves the fire starter confused and shaken and you untouched. He knows how to use your testimony of addiction and struggle as a miracle to save the next man or woman struggling with the same thing. God has a way of using darkness as His stage to unveil the ultimate performance of redemption, mercy, grace, and love.
In closing, take the cloud that God has given you with pride, as a badge of honor that He will always have your front, back and sides if you fully rely on Him. Always remember that God has a way of using your cloud to grow you and glorify Him.
Until next time, be blessed and GetUp and GetFit in God!
If you don’t know Jesus…Call Him, He’ll answer-1 John 1:9; Romans 10:9; John 3:16
Founder of GetUp GetFit
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