Acts 2:1,2 – When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
You ever really notice what this verse says, ‘violent rushing wind’? Robertson’s Word Pictures says it like this, ‘an echoing sound as of a mighty wind borne violently’. This wind was powerful and changed the world totally and permanently. Have you ever been in a violent wind? When I was about thirteen we experienced Hurricane Betsy in New Orleans. In the height of the storm (the winds were at about 125 MPH) our family heard of the danger of possible catastrophic flooding in Metairie. The flooding never happened but we literally ran for our lives in the height of the storm. When I think of a violent rushing wind that’s what I think of. I remember roofs being thrown off, windows breaking out, and metal girders on billboards being twisted like pretzels. The wind of a hurricane is a picture of the powerful wind of God. Here are some thoughts from Maclaren on the power of this wind.
“In this symbol there lies not only the thought of a life derived, kindred with the life bestowed, and free like the life which is given, but there lies also the idea of power. The wind which filled the house was not only mighty but ‘borne onward’—fitting type of the strong impulse by which in olden times ‘holy men spake as they were “borne onward”’ (the word is the same) ‘by the Holy Ghost.’ There are diversities of operations, but it is the same breath of God, which sometimes blows in the softest pianissimo that scarcely rustles the summer woods in the leafy month of June, and sometimes storms in wild tempest that dashes the seas against the rocks. So this mighty life giving Agent moves in gentleness and yet in power, and sometimes swells and rises almost to tempest, but is ever the impelling force of all that is strong and true and fair in Christian hearts and lives.”
If you are filled with the Spirit, the power of the Wind is at work in you, for you, and through you. We have been empowered by the very force that created all things. If that is true then hold on to your hat. I think the wind is beginning to blow.