Like The Wind

The wind blows where it wishes, and you can hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.

(John 3:8, NKJV)

This verse is one of my favorites, and not for the reasons you might think. I’ve always liked the way the verse confers an aura of mystery on the comings and goings of Spirit-born people. Just dash in and dash out, to the bewilderment of other people- “how did he know to be there (or not there) at the right time?”- James Bond style. 😅

On a slightly more serious note, in this verse Jesus drops a characteristic of those who are led by the Spirit. And it is that they are like the wind. To the layman, it may seem like the wind just blows without direction. But to the trained, it is possible to have a good idea on what direction the wind is coming from and where it is headed to.

Sometimes it may seem to people like the direction God is leading one to isn’t making sense. Imagine what Abraham’s family and friends must have thought of Abraham’s decision to up and leave to a destination he didn’t even know. Imagine a ‘Canaanite’ meeting Abraham on his sojourns and asking Abraham “where are you headed?” Imagine the look of confusion giving way to poorly concealed mirth on that Canaanite’s face.

It may seem like there’s no point to the instructions we may get from God sometimes. But as people who want to always be led by the Spirit, it’s important that we trust God to lead us to green pastures and still waters: because He always will. God knows where He’s brought you from and He knows where He’s taking you. Trust Him.

For us to be like the wind, it’s necessary to be as light as wind; Hebrews 12:1 kind of light. Have you ever tried to move a rock with a blast of air from your mouth? I assure you it’s many times harder than dispelling vapor with your breath. To move vapor you probably just need a little puff.

For us to enjoy God’s leading, it’s important that we shed off weights and besetting sins that would stop us from receiving and responding to the slightest nudge of the Spirit. God cannot move you like wind if your heart is weighed down.

… eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

(1 Corinthians 2:9-10, NKJV)

It may seem to others that our lives under God are following an abnormal pathway. That’s because they can’t perceive what God is working out. It is expected that we who are born again are able to see what God is doing with our lives as He does not hide these things from His children. It may not be clear at first, but it should become clearer as we commune the more with God’s Spirit.

The wind is one of the most powerful forces of nature. The believer has so much ‘potential energy’ stored up on the inside (Ephesians 1:19). Becoming a tool God can use powerfully in these times (and generally enjoying your walk with God) is dependent on being easily moved by God’s Spirit. Like the wind.

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