Acts 1.9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
In Rochester, New York, overcast and cloudy days are pretty much the norm. As I was reading Acts 1 this morning, the weather outside was typical; overcast and cloudy. However, this verse “brightened” up my day. Jesus was taken up in a cloud, and will return in like manner. So, He more than likely will return over Rochester instead of San Diego or Honolulu. Just kidding, saints!!!
Have you noticed that there is a God/cloud connection in Scripture? Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys: But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the Lord was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys. And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord, So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of the Lord. While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen. Each of these references of the cloud, or glory of God refer to His divine dwelling amongst His people. They instruct us to listen to Jesus, in Whom The Father is well pleased. They teach us that it is overwhelming to be in His presence.
But as I peek out of my living room window, I think of another glorious cloud passage. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. Oh what an amazing day that will be beloved. That “cloudy day” will be a manifestation of Christ’s power and glory! My prayer for you this morning beloved is that The Sun of Righteousness, Jesus Christ, will brighten your day and overshadow the overcast and cloudy circumstances of your life this morning!