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The Bible often speaks of clouds. It’s a cloud that shrouds God’s presence on Mt. Sinai. A cloud filled the Temple at its dedication. And of course, Jesus was taken to heaven in a cloud. Clouds remind us of the majesty of God.
Clouds also display the vastness of God’s faithfulness. “Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.” Psalm 36:5 New Living Translation
The clouds in the picture force us to look upwards. The psalmist states that God’s faithfulness reaches beyond these clouds. However, we struggle to trust God’s faithfulness.
Christians often equate God’s faithfulness with a life free from pain. If God were truly faithful he would make my life comfortable. If God were truly faithful he would cause my family to live in harmony. If God were truly faithful I’d always have a job. Yet Christians lose their jobs, have dysfunctional families and live in poverty. How can God’s faithfulness be trusted?
The author of this psalm is David, a man who was pursued by King Saul, a man whose son wanted his throne. Yet he knew the faithfulness of God.
God’s faithfulness is displayed for us on a cross. Here God was faithful to humanity, he was faithful to you. May the clouds that remind you of God’s majesty also remind you of the vastness of his faithfulness no matter the circumstances of your life.
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