“And the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I come to you in the thick cloud” (Exodus 19:9).

A blessing comes from the thick cloud. A blessing comes from the darkness. Even in the midst of a dark situation, God is powerful to create a new light. He is the one to create sun, moon and the stars in a world filled with darkness.

Dear children of God, even during the testing times of darkness, God will stabilize you, opening the way wonderfully. The paths of tears and the paths of struggles carry you much closer to Christ. If you walk closer to Christ you will realize this.

The Spiritual lessons you learn from the cave of tribulations are much greater than the lessons you learn during the days of prosperity.

God looks at Moses and says, “Behold, I come to you in the thick cloud.” Just think of that environment with thick clouds. The terribly striking lightning and the heart shivering thunders along with the dark clouds darken the place. It looks as though the sufferings and the tribulations hover around in every direction. But God says, “Behold, I come to you in the thick cloud.” What a wonderful promise!

Richard Wurmbrand was a devotee and he had to undergo imprisonment for the simple reason that he believed God and was undergoing a path of tribulation. He wrote, "Whenever I underwent torture in the prison, I had a feeling of Jesus embracing me with His hands of love and comforting me. He will console me like a mother. He will caress me, kiss me and embrace me. The love He showered on me during the times of tribulation is a thousand times greater. So, I am prepared to tolerate any tribulation for His sake."

God who told Moses that He would come to him in a thick cloud told “Behold, He is coming with clouds” (Revelation 1:7) while revealing Himself to John. Dear children of God, similar to how clouds bring in the rain, the presence of God brings life and blessing in your life. It descends on you just as how the cloud descends on the mountains. That God is with you and He will bless you.

To meditate: “For Jacob my servant’s sake and Israel my elect, I have even called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known me” (Isaiah 45:4).