Friday, April 19, 2013
Common Clouds Wrapped In Glory
“By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide…and by night in a pillar of fire to give the light” Exodus 13:21.
Day after day how the enslaved Israelites must have dreamed about the way things could have been…still could be…perhaps even will be. As they worked on the grounds of their brutal masters, did they occasionally look to the skies praying for something more? When they built fires to cook on could they have ever imagined that God would use something so common to man to show His presence? How many millions of moments did they dare to dream when looking upon the clouds as they drifted from their view? Eventually the very things that were common to them were the elements God wrapped around His glory to show His unwavering presence. Once they had recognized these elements as God's indwelling, there was no question in their minds whether Emanuel was with them.
We only have to look outside of our windows to see the creation of the Lord and the splendor of His handiwork. If we are a believer, we have been indwelled with the power of God through the Holy Spirit who has become our inner pillar to guide us. God didn’t send His son to save us only to hide His plan from us. We have that inner Guide to lead us through our own wilderness and light up the way to go. In addition to the Holy Spirit, many times God uses His creation to speak to us and reveal His plans for our lives. Like the Israelites, we can look to creation to witness His presence. The clouds were just clouds and the fire was just fire until the power of its Creator was supernaturally infused with His creation.
‘God still wants to make Himself fully known to us and does so by working through what He has created. He can and will encourage us in our journey by allowing, when He sees fit, His children to have visible evidence of His working on our behalf…as we can expect miracles in our lives.’ One In A Million, p. 47.
We must be watchful in the common things to man to see the uncommon glory of the Creator.