As I write this article ‘Storm Doris’ has hit parts of the UK with strong winds blowing locally here in Fleet. Clearly this must be a religious storm since a lady called Doris is usually the stalwart of most local churches.
The words ‘wind’ and ‘Spirit’ come from the same Greek and Hebrew words. Jesus closely links these together in John 3v8 “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.” On the day of Pentecost “a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house” and “all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2v2,4).
Three immediate thoughts come to mind:
- the sovereignty of the Holy Spirit – like the wind we cannot predict or control His movements:
- the range of the Holy Spirit – as the wind, the Holy Spirit may come like a gentle breath or a violent wind (or something in-between); and
- the impact of the Holy Spirit – sadly ‘Storm Doris’ has brought damage and death, but the Holy Spirit empowers, encourages and energises, bringing new life to the spiritually dead.
How wonderful, therefore, to hear and act on Jesus’ invitation in Luke 11v13 to ask our Father in heaven to give us the Holy Spirit! Let’s ask, seek and knock.
Peace and Grace