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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
|AUGUST 2, 2015
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“…they feared as they entered into the cloud.” (Lu. 9:34)
Peter, James and John were on the mount with Jesus. Sensing that this was a
significant moment in history and desiring to somehow preserve its glory, Peter
proposed erecting three booths—one each for Jesus, Moses and Elijah. This, of
course, would have put the Lord on the same level as the two Old Testament saints.
God thwarted the project by enveloping them in a cloud. Luke tells us that “they
feared as they entered into the cloud.”
They shouldn’t have feared. It was a cloud of glory, not of judgment. It was a
temporary phenomenon, not a permanent fact of life. God was in the cloud, even
though He was not visible.
Oftentimes clouds come into our lives and, like the apostles, we fear as we enter into
one of these clouds. When God calls us to a new sphere of service, for instance,
there is often the fear of the unknown. We imagine the worst in the way of dangers,
discomforts and disagreeable situations. Actually we are just being afraid of a
blessing. When the cloud lifts, we find that God’s will is good and acceptable and
We fear as we enter the cloud of sickness. Our minds run wild with alarm. We
interpret every word and facial movement of the doctor as an omen of doom. We
diagnose every symptom as pointing to a terminal disease. But when the illness
passes, we find ourselves saying with the psalmist, “It is good for me that I have
been afflicted” (Psa. 119:71). God was in the cloud and we did not know it.
We fear when we enter the cloud of sorrow. What good, we ask, could ever come out
of such tears, anguish and bereavement. Our whole world seems to collapse in ruins
around us. But there is instruction in the cloud. We learn how to comfort others with
the comfort with which the Lord comforts us. We come to understand the tears of the
Son of God in a way we could never have known otherwise.
We needn’t fear as we enter the clouds of life. They are educative. They are
temporary. They are not destructive. They may hide the Lord’s face but not His love
and power. So we should take to heart the words of William Cowper:
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.
Below is a meditation by William MacDonald 1917-2007
RICHARD COOLEY will be our speaker on August 2,
2015 for the Family Bible Hour service at 11:00 a.m.
Richard and his wife Nancy have fellowshipped at
Grace Bible Chapel from childhood. They have two
adult children and two grandchildren. Richard is a
graduate of Bob Jones University and a retired art
teacher. He is also a teacher in one of our elective
adult Bible classes currently studying in the Acts of
the Apostles. He and his twin brother David take part
in our singing groups. Richard is also an avid golfer.