RUSHING MIGHTY WIND
AND WHEN the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all assembled together in one place,
When suddenly there came a sound from heaven like the rushing of a violent tempest blast, and it filled the whole house in which they were sitting.
Acts 2:1,2 Amp.
There are many visual pictures of God in His creation. One of the most incredible glimpses of God is the wind. In the hebrew Bible the word for wind is ruwach which is used for breath and spirit also. In the greek New Testament, pnuma, is the word for spirit, wind, and breath. In the first verses of the Bible, we see the “wind of God”, moving on the surface of the deep, He was intimately involved in creation. We see the “breath” of God in the creation of Adam. In today’s scripture verse, we see the “rushing mighty wind” filling the believers in the upper room, God was breathing His creative life into His church.
The wind of His presence has some dramatic effects on our lives as we experience His renewal. Peter preached about the influence of the wind in his message in Acts 3:19 Amp. Peter knew what stress and spiritual exhaustion were all about. He was facing the Sanhedrin, the men who had killed Christ, the very day he preached this message. He lived in the heat, he was in constant need of the winds of renewal.
“So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of *reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord;”
I love that translation, “recovery from the effects of heat”. Have you ever experienced spiritual exhaustion? Sometimes, the circumstances of this life seem way beyond our ability to cope with them. Spiritual exhaustion sets in and we need the refreshing winds of renewal in order to carry on. Maybe you are in one of those places right now. Your own strength is not enough to face the incredible obstacles in this complicated world. You need the recovery that is only found in the “WIND OF GOD”. How can you experience these winds of refreshing? Many times it happens when you gather together with His church. How good and pleasant it is for the brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity, it is like the oil poured out on Aaron’s beard, it is the place of commanded blessing.