Friday, November 2, 2012

Weekly Devotion: Stormy Wind

“Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word:” Psalm 148:8

An often-overlooked aspect of God is his sovereignty over nature. This verse actually states that acts of nature serve to fulfill his word! If we are ever going to understand God’s specific revelation to us (the Bible); we must also strive to understand God’s general revelation to us (his creation).

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” Romans 1:20

Each day, God’s school is all around us, encouraging us to understand the “invisible things” by the visible things that he has made, so that we won’t be “without excuse”. Think about wind for a moment, since wind itself is the most powerful force in nature, is it any wonder that God chose the “wind” to illustrate the most powerful supernatural force, i.e. the Holy Spirit?

“The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. John 3:8

Although one cannot see if another has been “born of the Spirit”, the work of the Spirit in a person’s life leaves substance and evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1), just like the wind. The Holy Spirit descended from heaven to on the day of Pentecost when “there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind” (Acts 2:2). It should not be a surprise then that Christ’s return is compared to that of a tornado or “whirlwind”, as it is called in scripture.

“But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall devour the palaces thereof, with shouting in the day of battle, with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind:” Amos 1:14

Can you imagine the vengeance of the Holy Spirit on all those who have rejected him, in “the day of the whirlwind”? What a visual image this verse gives us, concerning the destructive wrath of God being poured out on unbelievers at his Second Coming. Job actually gives the wind personality and describes it as pursuing his soul.

“Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and my welfare passeth away as a cloud.” Job 30:15

There may not be a weather related, storm in your life today but you may be facing your own “stormy wind”. Could it be that the storms you are facing are actually the Holy Spirit pursuing you and trying to move you toward God as the wind would blow a sail boat? Friend, “hear” what the Spirit is saying to you and take the counsel of the Psalmist to “escape from the windy storm” by being ready for his coming through “salvation”.

“I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.” Psalm 55:8
“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation…” Hebrews 2:3

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