And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passes, and cleans them.
1. The "bright light," which is the symbol of God's personality.
2. The "clouds," which are a symbol of those obscurities which hide God from our eyes.
3. The "wind," which is the symbol of that Divine power by which these obscurities are removed, so that men may see God. The whole difficulty of Job was that he could not see God. He could not understand why God afflicted him.
I. THE DIFFICULTIES OF FINDING GOD ARE HERE SET BEFORE US. The obscurity is often in ourselves. It is often traceable to the infinite and illimitable nature of God. How is God to reveal Himself so as to satisfy the human mind and heart? Only in the way which God has chosen, could God effectually reveal Himself to creatures like ourselves. There must be gradual approaches of His mind to ours. There must be a condescension to our finiteness. God makes the path to Himself as plain as He can, considering the difficulties which are naturally in our way. Look first at the clouds. Our ignorance is a cloud. Finiteness is another name for this ignorance; and finiteness means fallibility, i.e. liability to err. The nature of man, limited and feeble in comparison with the subject on which his thoughts have to be engaged, makes man feel that about him are mists and shadows which he cannot penetrate.
II. THE REMOVAL OF THE DIFFICULTIES. They can only be removed by God. God can drive away man's feebleness by His own freely given grace, The will of God is engaged in our salvation.
III. FEW THINGS IN NATURE ARE STRONGER THAN THE WIND. The wind is the symbol of God's Spirit. God has come to us in His Son Jesus Christ, and God speaks by His Spirit, through His Word.
(Samuel Pearson, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.