But, at that same time Almighty God used the massive cloud to protect and lead them, we find in Numbers, that God went before them IN the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night.Yet, in Your manifold mercies You did not forsake them in the wilderness. The pillar of the cloud did not depart from them by day, to lead them on the road; nor the pillar of fire by night, to show them light, and the way they should go. ~ Nehemiah 9:19
You go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. ~ Numbers 14:14bGod was in the pillar of cloud! Not only was He in it, He never took the cloud away from them even when they must have pleaded with Him for some sunshine. The humongous, dark cloud hanging over them must have added to the gloominess and moodiness of their exodus. But, God knew what was best for them.
He hadn't left them nor forsaken them.
The "dark cloud that hung over them" was for their benefit!
Us New Yorkers have a saying when some bad things repeatedly happen to good people, we say, "There is a black cloud hanging over them". Is that just a New York saying?
I'm seeing a "black cloud hanging over" someone in a whole new light.
God is going before them. He is in that cloud. He is trying to get their attention, to cause them to look up to Him. He is trying to get them to see that He is right there with them, in their "black cloud" situation.
It's the same with our gloomy days. He is still all around us, protecting and leading us. A people not forsaken, no matter how "gloomy" our days may seem.
I just had an image of a gorgeous Long Island sunset come to mind. They truly are magnificent! What makes them so eye-catchingly colorful is the cloud formations. The clouds are what seem to illuminate and mesh the colors like a beautiful watercolor.
Oh, Thank You Father for Your infinite Wisdom in providing shade to planet Earth. Thank You that You speak to us and reveal Yourself through Your clouds, and beautify our skies with them. Thank You that You are Present in the dark clouds that sometimes hang over our lives and that You teach us through those dark-cloud circumstances; that You go before us, are with us, and that You don't ever forsake us. Thank You!
Because of Him and Unto Him,