And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
There are times in our journey when the clouds of mistrust and doubt obscure our vision and it is hard to see where the Lord is leading us. There is no doubt that the Lord is in fact guiding our life. However, at times, it is difficult to understand and see where He is headed. It is these times when He has been received into the cloud out of our sight.
The enemy would have us to believe that we have been forsaken and the fog of the enemy’s foul breath comes rolling in. We have not been forsaken. Jesus has just been received up into a cloud out of our sight but not out of His presence. He said He would never leave us nor forsake us and He said that He was going to the Father but that He would send us another Comforter, even the Holy Ghost.
The word used for cloud in Acts 1:9 is the same word used when the LORD gave Israel the cloud and fire to lead her from Egypt to Canaan’s Land. After Israel experienced her first Passover in Egypt, the night before she began her journey, the cloud and fire appeared to lead and guide her in the way. That is the Old Testament picture of what we have today in the New Testament.
There are certainly times in our journey when our fleshly nature wonders where the Lord went and wonders if we will ever feel His presence again. Fret not, He is in the cloud and the cloud is there to lead us into the next part of our journey. Many times it seems as if we are crossing a vast wilderness with no rhyme or reason. Somehow it always seems to work out despite the fog of doubt that can arise and somehow the cloud and fire leads us on in this great journey called life. To God be all the glory!