The Wind of God
The wind blows wherever it pleases. (John 3:8)
By are large, we are very ‘cerebral’, mind-oriented, in the west; everything has to be understood before we can accept it or believe it is real. This can make us very sceptical, if not downright cynical, about anything ‘unusual’ or ‘different’ or that cannot be ‘explained’ – hardly a good basis for a supernatural faith!
What a contrast this is to what we see in the Bible! For here we often see God moving in strange ways – his wind blowing where and how he wills - to achieve his purposes. The Holy Spirit certainly did some very ‘strange things’ in the early church. In the book of Acts we see that he came in wind and fire, shook rooms, did miracles, suddenly transported individuals from where they were, gave strange visions, rescued people miraculously from prison, gave gifts of tongues and prophecy. The list of ‘the unusual’ is so long that, if we exclude such things from happening today, or if we are fearful when they do, we may well be in danger of missing a key aspect of what the Spirit may want to do among us. And not only that, but if our God can only do what we can understand or do ourselves, then what a small God he is!
The secret to being ready for God’s wind to blow is to ‘be filled with the Spirit’ (Ephesians 5:18). This statement is actually as much a promise as it is a command, for it is in the passive tense: ‘be being filled’. Being filled is something ‘done to us’ rather than our ‘doing something’. We are commanded to seek it; but we cannot ‘make it happen’. Our part is to allow the Spirit to fill us, by being clean, obedient, available – and ready for whatever he may want to do.
Today, be open to God and the blowing of the wind of his Spirit in your life; be ready for the unusual. Tell him that you want to be ‘being filled’ with the Spirit throughout the day, so that you can be open to his wind blowing wherever and however he wills.
I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. (Ezekiel 37:6)
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