Clouds the Presence and Glory of God

When I was a child, maybe in the seventh or eighth grade, I would look up in the sky to see if Jesus was coming. Somewhere, I had learned that Christ would come again in the clouds. I am always looking up at the clouds and asking, “When will Christ come”? Actually, I hope he comes soon!

Clouds are important in landscapes. They literally set the mood of the overall scene and they can affect one’s mood as well. They add drama and texture to any landscape photo.

The clouds gathering for a storm.

As a photographer, I love clouds. Clouds are especially important in infrared photography. One of three elements, the other two being water and trees make for a great infrared photo. Infrared photography lets you “see” into the cloud which gives depth to the image.

God’s glory! Infrared image, Lake Mattamuskeet, N C

The Bible uses clouds to represent the presence of God.

Today, clouds shield us from the hot sun and will also keep the earth warm at night by not allowing the heat to escape.

Cloud cover! Utah

Clouds appear throughout scripture. There are 162 references in 149 verses. We first see clouds in Genesis, where the Lord placed his bow in the clouds-as a sacramental reminder of the covenant mercy that he was promising in preparation for the coming Redeemer. The Theology of Clouds, Nick Batizg, July 2016

Scripture encourages us to view the clouds in such a way as to think of the glory and presence of God. The Scriptures everywhere utilize the imagery of clouds to signal the immediate presence of God. Theology of Clouds, Nick Batzig, July 2016

Psalm 105:39 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light.” … The standard of their invisible Leader was ever with them. By day the cloud directed their journeyings or spread as a canopy above the host. It served as a protection from the burning heat, and by its coolness and moisture afforded grateful refreshment in the parched, thirsty desert. By night it became a pillar of fire, illuminating their encampment and constantly assuring them of the divine presence. Cloud and Fire, July 9 Home Devotionals Our Father Cares, Ellen G. White

The open heart will be impressed with the love and glory of God as revealed through the works of His hands and clouds are no exception! › booksSteps to Christ, by Ellen G. White. Chapter 10: A Knowledge of God

I think of white, puffy clouds on a clear day as pure and unadulterated, just like how God wants us to be….

Infrared image, 720 nm, Jacksonville,NC

Clouds bring the earth rain and nourishment to the parched dry earth just as Christ provides us with his living water to nourish our parched souls. EGW

The Lord came and dwelt in a cloud in the tabernacle and lived among his people. “It came to pass, when Moses entered the tabernacle, that the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses. All the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the tabernacle door, and all the people rose and worshiped, each man in his tent door” (Ex. 33:9-10; 40:34).

Eastern North Carolina clouds are magnificent. I missed the clouds when I lived outside the area.

Clouds play an important part in the return of Christ….

Sun shining through the evening clouds

Whole World Will See—“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:24-27, 31; 25:31; Revelation 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17.

Soon there appears in the east a small black cloud, about half the size of a man’s hand. It is the cloud which surrounds the Saviour and which seems in the distance to be shrouded in darkness. The people of God know this to be the sign of the Son of man. In solemn silence they gaze upon it as it draws nearer the earth, becoming lighter and more glorious, until it is a great white cloud, its base a glory like consuming fire, and above it the rainbow of the covenant. Jesus rides forth as a mighty conquer. The Great Controversy, 640, 641, Ellen G. White

As the living cloud comes still nearer, every eye beholds the Prince of life. No crown of thorns now mars that sacred head; but a diadem of glory rests on His holy brow. His countenance outshines the dazzling brightness of the noonday sun…. My Life Today, Home Devotionals, December 7, Christ Himself Comes for Us, Ellen G. White

I look everyday to the clouds to see my Creator’s glory and his love and the hope of his return!

Clouds over the Grand Tetons
Lake Mattamuskeet sunset.
Zion National Park sunrise

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