Dear Tabernacle Family,
The wind of the Spirit is blowing among us! The Bible uses images to communicate various aspects of the Holy Spirit’s ministry, including a dove, oil, fire, and not least, wind. None of these symbols alone can express the fullness of the person of the Spirit or His works among men. Likewise, all of them together still fall short of adequately describing the ways of the third person of the Trinity. Yet, there are certain truths God desires to communicate through the use of these earthly pictures.
When we speak of the wind, we refer to something that is totally out of man’s control. The wind cannot be directed by man’s devices nor does it consider man’s pleasure. The Spirit of God is sovereign in His action and cannot be administrated, regulated, or manipulated. The Spirit moves where He will! Jesus taught, “The wind blows wherever it pleases.” (John 3:8). The wind is unpredictable. We plan our outings, trips, or tours, and whisper a prayer, yet the wind may or may not cooperate.
Furthermore, the wind can come with great variation, growing from a gentle breeze to a torrential gale. Once again, the parallels to the Holy Spirit are clear. Sometimes God’s Spirit moves quietly, gently bringing assurance or peace. “The south wind brings calm to the earth” (Job 37:17 NLT). On other occasions, however, the Spirit might sweep through with a strong and overpowering gust of His power. “The north wind produces rain” (Prov. 25:23). So, whether it is gentle or forceful, both expressions are legitimate moves of the Holy Spirit. While each of us has the tendency to favor one expression over the other, we probably need most the one we care for the least.
When the Scriptures uses the emblem of wind, it is usually highlighting the mission of the Spirit as the originator and giver of life. When Nicodemus questioned Jesus as to how a person could be born again, the Lord, in essence, replied, “The wind must blow!” “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8). A person cannot be saved without the quickening power of the Holy Spirit, for there is no spiritual life apart from the blowing of the wind. Beloved, let’s determine to be people of the Wind!
Pastor Jim Ruddy