On trips through the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, my and wife and I have had the opportunity to see the mountains and the beautiful landscape along the western edge of Virginia. One day we happened to be driving through that area and it was a damp, drizzly day and it gave us the opportunity to see something that we haven’t seen too often. A look to one side of the interstate revealed to us a mountain with a horizontal cloud covering the top of the mountain. Our minds were immediately brought to a portion of Scripture and a chapter in the book Patriarchs and Prophets that both deal with the giving of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai to Moses and the children of Israel. On that day Christ himself descended and wrote with his own finger His law on tablets of stone. We are told there was a big cloud on the top of the mountain that was used to hide His glory and to keep Him hidden from human eyes (not to be secretive but because a holy God destroys sin and sinners when His glory is revealed).
We are also told that on Calvary when Jesus died, a cloud surrounded the cross when His agony was at its worse. His Father was nearby, in fact right next to the cross, but Christ was not able to detect His Father’s presence because of the cloud. Again the cloud was used to hide God’s glory from human eyes.
Many of us feel that a cloud surrounds us. We may be in a valley where we are encountering disease, sickness, death, grief, persecution and disappointment. The clouds of those experiences may be crowding around us, obstructing our view of heaven and God’s love for us. We have the assurance that when we are in those clouds is the very time when Christ is nearest to us. The clouds are obstructing our view of Him but they do not remove His presence from us. We have a Savior who loves us and has promised to never leave us or forsake us. Take Him at His word and learn to look beyond the clouds with the eyes of faith
Have a great Christmas and anticipate what God is going to do for you and through you in the coming year.
Pastor Art Randall