2 Chronicles 6:1 ‘Then Solomon prayed,”O Lord, you have said that you would live in a thick cloud of darkness.”
Cloudy days are hard days for me. I loose my motivation to do things, I feel a little sad and often get migraines. I have also had times in my life when I felt like I had was stuck in a dark cloud of depression, unable to find a way to feel any joy. During some of those days, just getting out of bed was a hard task. I did not see any light at the end of the tunnel. I felt like my life would always be that way, that the burdens were too much to handle. I actually called out to God asking Him to take my life. When I made that plea I did not have a relationship with Him or Jesus, I only knew, of Him. I have watched the events in the world the last few weeks and seen the dark clouds of smoke from riots, watched people hurt people and thought, Where are you God?
The above scripture tells us of the thick dark cloud that God lived in. That cloud was the cloud that was around the Israelites during their escape form Egypt. The hiddenness of God was for both, their protect and for their pursuit. God invites us to seek Him. God calls us to search for Him through the darkness. The Bible says that God gives us peace and joy that surpass all of our understanding. Just as in life, if a person is trying to give us something, it is only possible if we are there to receive it. We need to find the giver and be present with them to obtain the item. The dark clouds may seem never ending but they are not. God is right there in them. He is calling us to seek Him, to find our way to peace and joy. We can go through the dark cloudy days knowing that He is there with us and that he will guide us. The clouds of smoke from the riots that the enemy is creating, God will use for His good. The cloud of the pandemic God will use for His good. I believe that the clouds will lead people to seek Him. To search through the clouds for Him. That just as the Israelites used the cloud to get to their promise land, many will be searching for Him and find Him and their promise land. They will find peace and joy. When they find Him, they will be filled with the Holy Spirit that guides us in the fruit of His Spirit. As each person is filled our world will become like the promise land that Solomon lived in. When he first became King there was peace.
So as the dark cloudy days come on either from worldly issue or a personal circumstance let those clouds lead you to seek Him. When I called out to die to a God I did not really know, He answered. He brought me out of my darkness and into His light. He wants to do the same for you and everyone in the world.