Nahum 1:3 “The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power… and the clouds are the dust of his feet.“
The Bible tells us that the heavens declare the glory of God. When you look to the skies, you will see the power of God’s might. The firmament show us the breathtaking Northern Lights, the piercing glory of the morning sunrise, the calming sigh of the sunset, and the humble smiles of the starry night sky. One of the most fascinating things to watch are the billows of cloud that glide through the clear, blue canvas adding texture to the magnificent “first heaven”.
Clouds come in all shapes and sizes. They can pile up to the heavens further than the eye can see, while other times, they appear as little lines in the sky. Clouds form when heat causes water to evaporates. As the hot air rises, it cannot hold as much water as it does close to the ground. Some of the vapor condenses onto tiny pieces of dust particle in the sky where billions of droplets cool off and become a cloud that can be seen. This water cycle begins with evaporation where water is taken and when it cools off in the sky it is called condensation. When the cloud dissolves and it starts to rain, we call this precipitation. This system created by God has been one that has kept our world’s water system clean. Clouds are truly a remarkable creation of God.
As simple as the concept of the water system is to grasp, it is actually complex for men to recreate and reproduce. Clouds benefit us in may ways by cooling us off, giving water to our plants and grass, providing a potable water source, etc. It is amazing to think about how the simple concept of clouds has benefited men in great ways, yet this verse tells us that it took God no effort to create these clouds.
Clouds are also there to remind us that we are to live for God. Before Genesis nine, “cloud” does not appear, because they are a result of the the World Flood (Gen. 6). God promises that He would not destroy the earth by water showing us His grace and He created the rainbow to signify that. The clouds and the sun produce rainbows reminding us that we are to live for God and that there are consequences to sin. Next time you look up, thank God for the wonders of His clouds, the dust of His feet.