One day on my way from Phoenix back up to Payson, I noticed enormous clouds in the sky, threatening rain by the dark grey backdrop that surrounded them. These gigantic clouds were countless and it was as if the whole sky had meshed together in one large form.
If you ask any weatherperson, they could tell you that clouds are made up of billions of tiny drops of water. Sometimes, these water droplets even turn into small ice crystals.
The amazing miracle of clouds is that they do not break by the weight of the water. They never burst down to earth unable to hold up, and we never see a cloud fall out of the sky because the water caused it to tumble down crashing from its designated place.
This whole visual image of clouds and the heavy weight of water bring to mind a man named Job. He writes his thoughts in the Old Testament reflecting on God’s beauty, but more importantly God’s power regarding clouds.
Job observes what God has done in regards to the sky and clouds, then writes:
“He spreads out the northern skies over empty space;
“He suspends the earth over nothing.
“He wraps up the waters in his clouds,
“Yet the clouds do not burst under their weight.
“He covers the face of the full moon,
“Spreading his clouds over it.
“He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters
“For a boundary between light and darkness.”
The second miracle is the fact that Job, in the midst of his personal and difficult circumstances, was able to see the supremacy of God in the midst of his storm.
Job writes this passage as a resolve and a surrendering of peace after his soul sees clearly who God is and His incredible nature in light of his own storms
Throughout Job’s lifetime, he endured many pressures, struggles, deep sorrows and throbbings. Yet he did not break under the pressure because of the One he put his trust in.
Some of those clouds that piled up in the storms of Job’s life include the loss of:
• All of his animals on his property; they were taken by thieves who raided his ranch.
• Additional animals were either slaughtered or killed.
• His employees that he hired to help at the ranches were also killed.
• His sheep – as fire came down from the sky and killed them.
• All of his children – both sons and daughters – to a huge tornado that crushed the house as they all gathered for dinner.
If that wasn’t enough, he was struck with painful boils all over his body.
And those left to comfort Job were awful in that department. They gave him zero comfort, insulted him or tried to blame him for all the things that happened.
What is interesting is Job’s response after all these horrific personal events. Out of grief and the custom of that day, he tore his clothes, shaved his head, fell to the ground in agony, and then “He worshipped the Lord and in part said, ‘Blessed be the name of the Lord!’”
Obviously, Job was not happy at the devastating circumstances, but he decided to make a conscious effort not to be utterly broken by the weight of the enormous clouds that camped over him. He could do this only because of the One that he put his trust in.
So how does a person move on from losing everything, catapulting from a place of complete emotional and physical agony to a place of peace? How can one survive a place that would lead a common person to insanity and psychotic damage for the rest of their life? How do they follow the footsteps of inward peace and like Job, selecting worship and praise to an almighty God versus despair and dysfunction?
So I want to ask you:
• What clouds have mounted in your skies threatening to storm in your life?
• What situations have you felt heavy with weight?
• Could it be pressures of finances?
• Various struggles during these economic times?
• Deep pains and sorrows of circumstance that overwhelmingly distract you from your daily tasks of life?
We can learn from Job, that in the very midst of agony, we can worship the Lord and bless His name. Let us also learn from the clouds… by trusting we will not break under the heavy weight if we put our trust in our Creator. Would you look to Creator God and praise Him? And then trust in Him for every aspect of your life?
Biblical Text: Job, Chapters 1 & 2
About the author: Simone Lake is a full-time minister and serves in the areas of Bible teacher, speaker, missionary, mentor, chaplain and author. She holds a master’s degree in Theological Studies and attends Church on Randall Place where she serves in various capacities alongside her husband, Pastor John Lake.
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