May 2001

God bless you! Since this is the first devotion, I'd just like to state that my purpose is to encourage us in God's will and provoke one another to love and good works. I pray that these devotions will bless your heart and encourage you to continue on following the Lord, no matter what you're going through or what is confronting you. What a privilege it is to share what I've received.

This week's devotion deals with clouds. Clouds do not automatically denote adversity. And though they sometimes do, we know (like Romans 8:28 says & Danniebelle wrote) that all things work together for good. The rain that the clouds bring shall be showers of blessing.

Matthew 5:45 says that the Lord sends rain on the just and the unjust. Will you allow the Lord to use your life to bring times of refreshing to His people and Living Waters to lost souls? What a precious thought!

Men see not the bright light which is in the clouds… Job 37:21

We tend to turn aside at times when clouds are in our day; And fail to think how God has used a cloud to lead the way.

We see clouds as obstructions or a great adversity. Yet, often it's the very thing God sends so we can see--

The way that He would have us go so we're not walking blind; A way, that even with our senses, we would never find.

The cloud serves as protection so our foe's plans are negated; And only is an obstacle to paths that are ill-fated.

It's not the cloud but our own mind that makes it so distressing; For from the start and all along, the cloud's a special blessing.

Each cloud that comes into your life should be a welcomed sight; It manifests God's presence and it bears His guiding light!

And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people...and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them: 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. Exodus 13:21&22; 14:19&20

Written by PameLa Bates © 1998 Pretty Personal Poetry


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