Clouds cover the truth. Whether they are menacing storm clouds covering the sun and a brilliant blue sky or whether they are clouds of trials and circumstances in our lives that cover our joy; they can block the truth. They give a false appearance of something large, frightening and lasting, but they are usually short lived, their contents spill out quickly and they dissipate. Just as the rain is soaked up and converted to use, so the contents of our trials can be useful when we let God convert them to something good in us.
Clouds gather moisture content and become puffed up. They are billowy but without as much substance as would appear. In Biblical contexts, to be “puffed up” refers to pride. (1 Cor. 5:2, 1 Cor. 8:1) In the animal world, “puffing up” is an instinctive mechanism used to appear larger and more intimidating then is true.
Our trials can seem puffed up, but they will pass and for those of us who turn to God and trust Him in them, they will not be wasted on us. Clouds can block the light and dampen our moods just as our trials can catch us off guard and bring discouragement and worry. But when we focus on the truth behind the trial we can hold on through the dark season of clouds and even find joy there.
Horatio Spafford wrote in “It is Well With My Soul”, ‘And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight, The clouds be rolled back as a scroll!’ Rolling back the clouds of our trials reveals truths from God’s Word and is an important habit as we head for that time in eternity when the clouds will be rolled back to reveal heavenly realms. These realms include God on His throne, angels, a holy city, mansions, streets of gold and an exquisitely set banquet table to name a few. If you rolled back a few clouds in your life circumstances today, what forgotten truths would you remember?