Strong Wind is Forecast
We know about strong wind gusts in Oklahoma. We have wind blowing regularly day and night. Even Rogers and Hammerstein recognized that Oklahoma is the state “where the wind comes whistling down the plain”. Many have built storm cellars to prevent the massive winds of a tornado from taking them away. Our television stations that have spent so very much money on weather monitoring systems break in to programming to let us know storm front movements, rain intensity, and wind speeds.
Ironically, one of the evidences of the presence of God’s Spirit in the Scripture is the sound of “mighty, rushing wind”. That was the case at Pentecost when the disciples were in the upper room locked away from the populace of Jerusalem. Acts 2:1 records that suddenly there was the sound of a mighty and rushing wind. “Mighty” would indicate the forceful nature of that blast and “rushing” would reveal the urgent, rapid movement.
The fact that God used wind as one of the symbols of His Holy Spirit reveals several things. The Spirit of God is life giving. We find in Genesis that God breathed into man and he became a living soul. The Spirit of God sent by God is powerful. In the Old Testament, wind is present at the parting of the Red Sea and the splitting of rocks in Elijah’s cave of isolation. There is no indication Biblically that this wind was the Spirit of God that did these things but it is indicative of the force behind a strong wind that can break rock just like the Spirit of God can break a stony heart.
One direct reference to the Spirit of God being manifested as wind is in Ezekiel 37. According to Ezekiel’s account, the Spirit of the Lord took Ezekiel out to a valley filled with dry bones. Sadly, it was a battle field where an army had died a long time before Ezekiel’s visit. The reason we know that a period of time had elapsed is that the valley is filled with bones that are “very dry” (v.2). Look at the record of what God’s Spirit did to bring life where death prevailed.
3And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. 4Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 5Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
8And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them. 9Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. 10So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.
The power of God’s Spirit is life giving. If He can make dry bones live, He can make dry hearts live again through His conviction and God’s forgiveness. The transforming power of God at work will result in the new life one can have in Christ. Please, Lord Jesus, revive us again through the breath of your Holy Spirit!