All would agree that a cloud is just an object in God’s hand, through which he can work. We see clouds in throughout the Bible and often in significant moments.
Just a couple of these instances are the cloud on Mount Sinai, the pillar of cloud that led the people through the wildness by day, and the cloud that rested upon the tabernacle as a sign of God’s presence.
The New Testament carries this tradition too. The cloud that is present at the Transfiguration of Jesus. And the one who will come riding on the clouds in Revelation.
But our God, who used clouds throughout history, has full control and power over those clouds. As Elihu, one of Job’s friends reflects on the power of God, we see that power and the ability of God to use the same thing for both the pleasant and the not so pleasant.
Job 37:11-13 (NASB)
11 “Also with moisture He loads the thick cloud;
He disperses the cloud of His lightning.
12 “It changes direction, turning around by His guidance,
That it may do whatever He commands it
On the face of the inhabited earth.
13 “Whether for correction, or for His world,
Or for lovingkindness, He causes it to happen.
Who are we to tell God how he can use aspects of His creation. He has the ability to make clouds, and make clouds fulfill His purpose. And what he can do with a cloud he certainly can do with a man. If we are willing we can also be tools in the Creators hand.
Clouds are often a sign of God’s presence, and God’s presence itself can be both be a correction or a lovingkindness. And God’s presence will do whatever He wills. But as clouds come and go, we can be assured that God’s presence will not leave us, even if we are unaware of it.