Breaking Through the Cloud

There seems to be a cloud over our country, and over the church, and over our people. A cloud of loneliness and disorganization. A cloud of insecurity and just not quite knowing how to plan or how to go about becoming normal. It's a cloud that permeates everything. I’ve been asking the Lord, “What is the antidote for this? How do you get to breakthrough that cloud?” I think there are three things that might be helpful to you. Number one: we need to take back the discipline of spiritual and Biblical meditation. The Bible is clear, “Meditate on my words day and night.” And yet that whole concept has been stolen by Eastern religions and mysticism and yoga and a variety of other things. God calls us to look at His Word, to meditate on it: think about it, pray about it, sing about it, read it out loud, read it silently, or read it slowly word by word. We need to meditate on God's Word and meditate on the person of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit will reveal things to you that are powerful and mighty. That breaks through the cloud!

 

Number two: speak up! I'm not talking about volume. I'm not talking about yelling. I'm talking about how your words should be directed up to the Lord—not out, not down—but up. You should be saying, “God, this is what I feel. This is what I need. This is what I'm about. Lord, I want to talk to you about your greatness, your power, and your strength. I want to talk to you about how mighty you are.” That breaks through the cloud.

 

And number three: don't be afraid of honest communication with our God. He desires that. He welcomes that. You may be surprised at some of the verses you find in Psalms, like Psalm 22:1-2 which says, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.” I mean, how much more honest can someone be? Sometimes we're at the end of our rope or to the place where God needs to break in, but He can't because we keep being artificially respectful and nice. God is not afraid of our hurts. God is not afraid of our loneliness. God is not afraid of the captivity that we feel in this lack of freedom during this pandemic. So, let's break through the cloud. Let's take back meditation. Let's speak up toward God. And let's have honest communication with Him because the Bible says, “Cast your cares on him because he cares for you.”