In the Bible, when people get a vision of God’s glory, clouds and thunder surround him. When the Lord met Israel at Mt. Sinai, “there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all the people in the camp trembled.” (Exodus 19:16) When the prophet Isaiah saw the Lord in the Temple, “the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.” (Isaiah 6:4) When the prophet Ezekiel had a vision of God from Babylon, “a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with brightness around it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of the fire, as it were gleaming metal.” (Ezekiel 1:4) When the disciples saw Jesus transfigured on the mountain, “a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.” (Luke 9:34)

There will be clouds and storms in our lives, but the Almighty will shine through them all. “He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under his feet,” said King David when God came to deliver him from his enemies. “Out of the brightness before him hailstones and coals of fire broke through his clouds.” (Psalm 18:9, 12) According to David, the only thing we need to fear is God himself, and he promises future glory and peace. And although our understanding of what he is doing is often limited, he gives us faith to endure: “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12) At that time—with the beginning of the New Creation—God’s glory will fill all: “And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.” (Revelation 19:23)

Then we will see clearly–the black and white, the good and evil, those who love Jesus and those who hate him. But for now we live in a world of grey as people struggle with confusion and deception and indecisiveness. And so we press on, walking by faith and not by sight, seeking to know him better and make him known. We will carefully study and meditate on what is revealed in the Word.

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