Imagine that you are on an airplane taking off under thick cloud cover, dark and gloomy. You are not in the mood to enjoy the flight, and you are questioning if the foul weather will ever be pleasant again. Suddenly, as the plane continues ascending, it breaks through the cloud cover and what an awesome sight above! The sun is shining brightly, lighting up the atmosphere, and the clouds are so thick that you cannot see anything below. Your mood instantly changes, you feel brighter and more cheerful, amazed at the beauty that the sunlight brings. You are so inspired by the experience that you take out your camera and capture this moment, having risen above thick clouds and living in the beautiful light of the sun!
In Scripture, God uses a thick cloud to describe how thoroughly He has covered our sins. He says, “I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions, and like a cloud, your sins. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you” (Isaiah 44:22). God is calling you to come to Him, and where is He? Above the thick cloud! As you accept His appeal to return to Him, He will reach down and lift you up, above the darkness and gloom of sin, above the thick cloud with which He covers your sin, into the beautiful presence of Christ, “the Light of life”, “the Sun of Righteousness” (John 8:12, Malachi 4:2).
What is even more beautiful about this promise, is that Christ did not wait to redeem us until we returned to Him. In fact, He says “Return to Me, for [because] I have redeemed you!” It is already done! The next verse in Isaiah 44 emphasizes this point: “Sing, O heavens, for the LORD has done it!” Christ has already made the sacrifice for your redemption, He has already made the way for your sins to be blotted out, what are you waiting for?
All Christ is asking of you is “Come to Me.”
Will you take the hand that is stretched out, waiting to lift you above the clouds? What an amazing experience God offers to you and me, to rise above thick clouds and live in the beautiful light of the Son!
Written by Jordan Chapman