God is the same, yesterday, today and forever. Aren’t you glad? It would be terrible to read of the wondrous things that He has done for His people in the past, and yet to have Him silent and hidden today.
Although, as long as we have His Word , He can not be hidden because His Word is a revelation of Himself. Also, Psalm 19 says that ‘ the heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork´. But, I can not help but get discombobulated when He actually appears. One example in the Old Testament was the ‘burning bush’ which appeared to Moses and was not consumed. Another was the fourth man that appeared in the fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Another theophany (meaning God appearing in a physical form) was the pillar of fire by night and the cloud by day which preceded the Israelites on their journey through the desert during the entire forty years.
It is this cloud that I want to speak about today. God was showing the Israelites, and assuring them, that He was with them on their journey to the Promised Land. Another incident happened when Solomon’s Temple was completed. It says, ‘that the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; so that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.’
Today, thousands of years later, God’s cloud again manifests where God’s people gather to worship Him. I have had it occur in two of my meetings. The first time was last spring, in Louisiana. Two ladies from the congregation stood up and stated that they could not see me while I was preaching because the cloud of glory was so thick around the altar. Many just came and we fell on our faces and lay prostrate on the platform, bowing in the awesome presence of God , in humble recognition of a very holy moment.
This past summer, in Canada, I held a healing crusade and seminar in the most insignificant and obscure place. Fifty of us met in a large barn that was converted into a church setting. I reminded those present that Jesus was born in a stable. Over the period of two days, the cloud of God’s glory appeared four times. I, myself, had the honor and undeserved privilege of seeing it envelop the musicians as they lead us in praise and worship.
Some said it was like a mist. Others thought that something had caught on fire. We all knew that we had met with God as people were gloriously healed. Some had been wracked with pain since the 70’s. One lady left her walker. Another’s broken wrist was healed. God moved among us in a most powerful way.
The book of Joel talks about the latter rain. That God will pour down His Spirit upon us even more powerfully than in the days of old. This is being evidenced today all over the world. We are living in exciting times. Is the soil of our heart ready to receive the downpour?
The prophet Hosea tells us to break up the fallow ground of our heart so it is no longer stoney and hard and to ‘sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; for it is time to seek the Lord, till He come and rain righteousness upon you.’
At one point in Exodus, as Aaron was speaking to the con- gregation, and just before the Lord sent them manna from heaven, it says, ‘the Glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud’. Can we handle the glory of God? Are we ready to receive it?
Copyright Donna Martonfi www.psalm40ministries.com Submitted 6/16/2003 10:05:40 PM | Post Comment