THE VOICE OF HOPE

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Comfort in the Cloud

on October 19, 2012

Exodus 14:19-20

Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, 20 coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.

As I shared before in other blogs, moving to California from Georgia was very difficult for me. I kept wondering why God would make this move so easy for us when it seemed as though difficulties arose at every turn after we got here. Seriously, nothing was working out after we got here and it’s still a struggle after four months.

I took some serious time last night while sitting under the stars to examine my faith. I had been wavering in belief and walling in moods on a daily basis. I attempted to revive my faith from the beatings I was encountering. My search led me to Exodus 14:19-20. God prompted me to study the cloud in the story.

In the story, Moses was leading Israelites out of Egypt. I found it interesting that the angel of God and the pillar cloud went ahead of the group at first. The Israelites had two spiritual guides. Then God changed Pharoah’s heart and he decided to chase after the Israelites. Then the Israelite guides positioned themselves behind the group to separate them from the pending attack.

In verse 7 of the same passage, it says that Pharoah had “six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them.” I cannot imagine what 600 chariots must look like coming after someone. This was a sign of an intense battle brewing that was setting the stage to bring glory to the Lord.

At the peak of the battle, the Lord revealed himself through the cloud in verses 24 and 25, “During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. 25 He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”

The pillar cloud means an “upright structure used to cover.” The positioning of the pillar cloud was a key in the event. The cloud had a purpose and a function. The purpose was to provide a spiritual cover the Israelites. The function was to illuminate the way for them to escape from the Egyptians. The Egyptians were kept in the dark for a whole night.

Then the pillar displayed another purpose and function by becoming fire. It was fire and water. The water side allowed the walls of the Red Sea to be established so the Israelites could pass on dry ground. The fire side kept the Egyptians from making a full blown attack on the Israelites. This amazing miracle was established by the pillar cloud.

In hindsight, God gave me and my family the dry ground on the journey from Georgia to California. The more and more my faith was tested, it began to feel like those 600 chariots were behind me ready to attack. Now I see the attack was never full blown. The cloud covered us in many ways.

As the Israelites began to feel like they were in the wilderness after the wonderful miracle, I felt that way too. The difference about being in the wilderness is the level of faith you possess. Faith is the belief that even though you see the clouds in the circumstances, you know there is a covering there also.

We have a tendency to view clouds in a worldly way. They block out the sun when we are expecting sunshine. The clouds signal storms ahead. We do not see the good when it pertains to clouds.

A pillar cloud of the Lord offers a different perspective. When there seems to be a cloud over your circumstances, rejoice! There is a purpose and a function for the cloud. God is represented in the cloud, He is positioning in a way that provides you relief and brings Him glory. Take heart, somewhere, there is comfort in the clouds.

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