DayBreaks for 4/01/14 – A Mighty, Rushing Wind
John 3:8 (NIV) The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.
Acts 2:2 (ESV) And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
Why is it that all my life when I imagined the coming of the Spirit on Pentecost that the sound was not that of a “mighty” wind? Perhaps it is because I picture it taking place inside a room and while a breeze may flow through a room, a mighty wind doesn’t. I don’t know. But Scripture is clear: it was a mighty rushing wind!
Of course, the word for Spirit in Scripture is from the Greek pneuma, which can mean wind. That’s why Jesus, in John 3:8 speaks of the wind and likens it to the Spirit.
While we’ve been living in Georgia these past few months, we’ve had some mighty winds during several of our storms! Georgia is covered with forest. Twice in the last week we’d have winds that were strong – gusting 40 miles per hour or so, and whenever it gets like that, I can’t help but wonder if a tall Georgia pine will come crashing down on our dwelling. It happens frequently here it seems – I’m sure that’s due to the preponderance of trees so close to homes and buildings. On occasion, one hears of a boat capsizing and people being drown as a result of high winds.
The wind is very powerful. It can snap trees like match sticks (witness the destruction wrought by hurricane Katrina and tsunamis, or tornadoes). Jesus said that the work of the Spirit is like the power and unpredictability of the wind. In Hebrew, Ruach Elohim (Spirit of God) carries with it the concept of the power and force the wind possesses to change and move things. The Spirit of God is no weakling!
Sometimes, as we sail through life, the wind dies down and we barely move. In Ephesians 5:18, we are told to be filled with the Spirit (or, alternatively, “be filled with the Wind”). Get the picture: it is time to raise our sails and let the Spirit fill them! What we have do to is set our sails through prayer, fasting and a willing heart and let the Spirit provide the momentum!
Spread your sails. Let the Ruach Elohim push you onward!
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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