Thursday, December 1, 2016

CLOUDS

     We see some amazing cloud formations in the region of Pike's Peak. Maybe it's just me, but I've seen clouds that seem different than those in southern Ontario, Canada. As a child, not understanding that they are just vapour with no substance, I imagined them to be like thick cotton that I could jump in.

     In literature clouds are often used in a negative sense, darkening, blotting out, covering over something. This view fits with Satan's tactics against us. He continually casts darkness over the goodness of God. He wants mankind to believe God has caused or allowed our troubles. Father God would no more do so than a loving earthly father would. A dad's God-given instinct is to love and protect and provide.

     If financial, physical or relational problems come, the enemy paints a dark picture. He says it will only get worse. Scripture says the opposite. God has made a way for His children to prosper, be well and overcome. The Lord Jesus has defeated Satan and made an open show of His triumph over the enemy. (Colossians 2:15)

     Satan has no power, but he does all he can to keep us from realizing this. His deceptions have no more real substance than the clouds. Even when he lied through Potiphar's wife and caused cruel hardship for Joseph, God turned the outcome into a great blessing for the children of Israel. (Genesis 50:20) He is able and willing to do the same for everyone of us.

     If we have chosen to serve the Lord Jesus we are delivered from all the power of darkness. (Colossians 1:13) When clouds blot out the light, the sun is still there, and Father God can cause even those clouds to be beautiful. 

2 comments:

  1. I thought the same thing about clouds when I was a kid, Mary. I was sure they would be strong enough for me to sit on them and float across the sky.

    I love that verse you quoted from Colossians. Satan has been defeated. We're overcomers with the First Overcomer. We need to live accordingly.

    Thanks for another great lesson, Mary.

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  2. And the First Overcomer just keeps on standing with us. Thank you, Lord!

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