When I made the clouds its robe, and thick darkness a swaddling band for it, And prescribed My limit on it, and set bars and doors, And I said, ‘You shall come to here, but no further; and here your proud waves shall stop.’ Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place, That it might take hold of the ends of the earth; that the wicked might be shaken out of it?
(Job 38:9-13 AFV)
Out of the south comes the whirlwind: and cold out of the north. By the breath of God ice is given; and the expanse of waters is frozen tight. Also He loads the clouds with moisture; He spreads abroad the clouds of His lightning. And they are turned around by His guidance, so that they may do whatever He commands them upon the face of the whole earth. Whether for correction, or for His land, or for mercy, He causes it to come. (Job 37:9-13 AFV)
2021 May 15
“Men see not the bright light which is in the clouds” (Job_37:21)
The world owes much of its beauty to cloudland. The unchanging blue of the Italian sky hardly compensates for the hangefulness and glory of the clouds. Earth would become a wilderness apart from their ministry. There are clouds in human life, shadowing, refreshing, and sometimes draping it in blackness of night; but there is never a cloud without its bright light. “I do set my bow in the cloud!”
If we could see the clouds from the other side where they lie in billowy glory, bathed in the light they intercept, like heaped ranges of Alps, we should be amazed at their splendid magnificence.
We look at their under side; but who shall describe the bright light that bathes their summits and searches their valleys and is reflected from every pinnacle of their expanse? Is not every drop drinking in health-giving qualities, which it will carry to the earth?
O child of God! If you could see your sorrows and troubles from the other side; if instead of looking up at them from earth, you would look down on them from the heavenly places where you sit with Christ; if you knew how they are reflecting in prismatic beauty before the gaze of Heaven, the bright light of Christ’s face, you would be content that they should cast their deep shadows over the mountain slopes of existence. Only remember that clouds are always moving and passing before God’s cleansing wind. — Selected
I Can Trust
I Can Trust
And David spoke to the LORD the words of this song in the day the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul. And he said, “The LORD is my Rock, and my Fortress, and my Deliverer. The God Who is my Rock, in Him will I trust. He is my Shield, and the Horn of my salvation, my High Tower, and my Refuge, my Savior. You save me from violence. I will call upon the LORD, Who is worthy to be praised. And I shall be saved from my enemies.
(2Sa 22:1-4 AFV)
I Can Trust
“I cannot know why suddenly the storm
Should rage so fiercely round me in its wrath;
But this I know– God watches all my path,
And I can trust.
“I may not draw aside the mystic veil
That hides the unknown future from my sight,
Nor know if for me waits the dark or light;
But I can trust.
“I have no power to look across the tide,
To see while here the land beyond the river;
But this I , know– I shall be Gods forever;
So I can trust.”
And God spoke to Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, “Behold I, even I establish My covenant with you, and with your seed after you; And with every living creature that is with you—of the birds, of the livestock, and of every animal of the earth with you—from all that go out from the ark, to every animal of the earth. And I will establish My covenant with you. Neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood. Neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.” And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you and every living creature with you, for everlasting generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. And it shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud. And I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
(Gen 9:8-15 AFV)
Of all splendious, beauteous, Creation: The Cloud, stands her Station; As a ship on a silent Ocean; She sets in Motion. Changing, from fleecy White To Ominous, Warning Night; Like a Yacht, on a Stormy Sea She sails: - Changing every Scene. As she gathers, forming a darker Theme; We find her, giving her; Transparent Blood! Once friendly. now a Flood: - Pouring her lively Gold. We find her Mould, The very living Nature; Into a royal Stature: - Till at once you See Her change her Plight To a Peaceful Light! When, finally at her journey End She vanishes from Sight! Robert Ian From my Poetry Collection: -
“STORY OF THE AGES”
As yet unpublished! Watch this space_ _ _
“Story of the Ages”
(Ian R Lottering)
Watch this Space
(I still need to add to my Poetry Collection)