Reading Time: 5 minutesThe Quiet Hour With Jesus
“Their strength is to sit still.” (Isa 30:7) KJV
Lockdowns Sitdowns, Getdowns. The world seems a little bit like it is boiling. Its hard to decipher the best way to have a relationship with Jesus with so much to worry about. Will I be able to pay for my basic expenses this month? Am I going to have a job by next week? Can I visit my sick & dying loved one soon? Or, how can I make sense of all of the terrors being foisted upon us by so called Social Media?
People everywhere have questions about what to do, how to “stay safe” or just how are we going to make it through this.
According to some of my recent experience, it has become apparent that in order to really know God, and to have Someone to turn to in my hour of greatest need, that absolute stillness is not optional; it is essential to my peace of mind.
When I first learned about this peace of mind, under my own, personal, very dire circumstance. When every part of my soul and being seemed about ready to crack and doom me to anxiety and stress. It seemed as though the need for immediate and decisive action to alleviate what I thought to be an emergency. And maybe it was an emergency but the catch was that my circumstances were such that I could do absolutely nothing about anything that was happening to me!
For me, this time, it was a financial matter, as I am sure it would also be now for many others. Yet, still others will be dealing with illness and/or death of loved ones, and all manner of other problems that seem magnified intensely by all that is going on today; it almost seems that I will inevitably fly to pieces with all of the innner turmoil that was building steam and creating unwanted pressure.
I think I must have screamed at God more than once during the zenith of my time of disquiet and terror. Yet in the middle of all this, I heard a distinct small Voice somewhere in my experience:
“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalms 46:1)
When this verse jumped out at me during this time; I felt it was truly “the Word with power.” I felt the urge to compose my mind and body to perfect stillness so that I could hear whatever God was trying to say to me. I somehow managed to settle my troubled spirit into quietness, and I just sort of looked up and waited. And instinctively, when I look up and see the clouds, even those really dark storm clouds, I always recall how there is Light in every cloud. We don’t always see it, but by faith, we can know that that Light is always there, above, behind, or within the cloud. This light in my clouds is what informs me that even now; I can rest in Jesus. His promise is most rewarding to the troubled, tired soul:
“Come unto me all ye who are heavy laden and I will give you rest. For my yoke is easy and my burden is Light.” (Mat 11:28-29)
In the middle of the emergency, and my utter helplessness to meet it, Jesus calls. Jesus gives. Jesus is the Light in my clouds. The very darkness of the clouds is the promise of my “rest in Christ.”
It was out of this kind of stillness that a power has arisen, that has just made a way for me to deal with my emergency, a power that was very able to bring my financial dilemna to a successful solution. Just yesterday I received the finances I was worried about, and all because I quieted myself down. I waited for God. And now I can talk about how I have learned that “rest in Christ” is not usually just a matter of sitting still and becoming indolent. That Light in my clouds was Jesus. My Light was my Lord. And when His light came to me, the cloud didn’t matter, for all I saw was the rest that I so badly needed. And so the Word of His promise, is The Word with power. My strength has been to sit still.
But it’s important to note that there is a perfect passivity, which is not being lazy, or being indolent; but rather, it is a stillness born out of trust Quiet tension is not trust. It is simply compressed anxiety. As isaiah once put it in Isa 30:7
“their strength is to sit still…”
I was talking about this dilemna we are putting ourselves in. A place of fear. A place of terror. Scared of our own shadows. My friend simply said:
“Worry Is A Thief Of Joy…”
This message for this week is to simply remind us all of the fact that there is Light in every cloud. Yes, in every cloud.
Exodus 14:20 is a good example for us of “Light In Every Cloud.”
“And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.”
Here, we are told that the Egyptians could not see The Hebrews; because this thick cloud of darkness was before them. Which cloud was all Light to the Israelites then.
Now in John 3:19 we are told that:
“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”
The Egyptians here loved darkness, and thats what they got. The cloud there blocked their views of God’s people, yet God’s people could see the Light of Christ in that cloud. Many though are almost frozen in place because of their fear of the Light. They won’t come to it for fear of their sin being exposed. But as long as we do not continue to repeat our past mistakes, there is no need to fear the Light of the world today. Perhaps too many people, even church people, are trying to scare everyone half to death, with their many “warnings” and forebodings? But there is no need to fear the love of Jesus. Worry is a thief of joy. We are only free when we lay our burdens down at the feet of the cross.
It was at the cross where a very similar thing had happened to the various people standing around it. Just before Jesus died, a very dark cloud had covered the Saviour in His final agonies; yet even then, Jesus was still THE Light of the world. I can imagine how, when the thick cloud and the thunder arose at the scene of Calvary, it sounded just like thunder to the non-believers; and how the believers at the foot of the cross were hearing the Voice of God, instead of thunder.
At Jesus’ baptism many of the people there heard thunder; yet others heard the Voice of God saying:
“this is my beloved Son in whom I am well-pleased.” (Luke 3:22)
At His second coming, most people will just see those thick, dark clouds; yet others will still see Jesus in those very clouds. “Light In The Clouds” is the theme that runs from genesis to Revelation, in the Bible.
This Light In The Clouds idea has been years in the making. God has led me step by step. Both by my own personal experiences, and by His Spirit, through His Word. From Gen to Revelation, His Spirit has led me similarly, through a wilderness of my own.
The Old Testament incident with Moses was also a type or an example, of what God’s people can expect in these last days, during the trying times of Rev 3:10
Love of self, pride and self-sufficiency lie at the foundation of the greatest trials and discords that have ever existed in the religious world. Again and again the Scriptures tell us to “Press together, press together, be of one mind, of one judgment.”
Christ is our Leader, and we are brethren; follow Him. Walk in the light as He is in the light. Those who walk in the footsteps of Christ shall not walk in darkness, but those who draw apart in unsanctified independence cannot have God’s presence and blessing in the work .
For the believer; it is Light In The Clouds all the way to heaven!