The Wind Bloweth

John 3.8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

When we think of the Holy Spirit being like the wind, we like to think of that wind as a balmy breeze that kisses our shoulders. And maybe sometimes He is.

But winds can also be hurricanes, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and derechos. Those are destructive winds.

Sometimes God must destroy things in our lives. Sometimes His Spirit works through health; or other people; or nature. Whatever the conduit, God works in our lives to conform us to the image of His son, Jesus. And when He needs to whittle away something we love, it hurts.

Things we love: our private time, working on our projects, television, money, power, gossip, choosing our own schedule, our families, our pets, choosing our own friends; sometimes we love the wrong things; sometimes we love the right things / people, but we turn them into an idol that we love more than God. (Please note, I am not in any way implying that when loved ones die, it is because we idolized them or loved in the wrong way. God has reasons I cannot imagine – Isaiah 55.9, but they are all because He loves us.)

Those things we love or idolize have got to go, and it hurts when God hints at putting those things to death. It hurts even more when He brings about circumstances (winds) that push us into a corner and make us choose.

It’s better to put things to death of our own accord. Sometimes Love Looks Like Death. It is an act of worship and love when we sacrifice our worldly loves for whatever else God has in mind for us.

Job 1.18, 19 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:  And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

Job’s children were killed by a wind. I can’t even imagine how that hurt [just the day before, he had offered burnt offerings to God for each of them, in case “my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts(v5)].

Job’s response is written for us in verses 20 – 22:

Job 1.20 – 22 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

God has a kingdom for us, and it is a kingdom worth dying for, that He may live within us. May we take Job’s example to heart. Let it hurt. Grieve. Worship God.

Job 13.15, 16 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.

13 thoughts on “The Wind Bloweth

  1. Two verses come to mind reading this blog:
    “The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” (Matthew 21:44)
    and “Knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others.” (2 Corinthians 5:11)
    Good word! Blessings, c.a.


    1. Wow. In Mt 21 Jesus is speaking of the Cornerstone, Himself. He will break those who fall upon it (a stumbling block, rejected); but He will crush (us) upon whom it falls. Fall on me, Lord, break me!
      As for 1 Cor 5.11: may others see my brokenness and regard the terror of the Lord.
      Good words, indeed! Thank you, c.a.

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  2. Have been there… a corner and having to choose. I have asked GOD to please help me to choose the better thing, whatever that is! The important thing in all of this is that we NEVER take our eyes off of JESUS! Let us praise HIM no matter how life is treating us, no matter if HE prunes us, no matter if we are in a world of hurt or grief! I am “learning” about this praising……and my soul always seems comforted to know GOD is there no matter how deep or hard the valley is! Blessings dear one…..loved this!

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    1. Oh, Maxine, because you have chosen that good part, it will not be taken away from you (Luke 10.42). We do need His wisdom to choose, and as long as we’re hanging on to Him, He will give us more. And what a testimony you have, to God’s glory!

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  3. We’ve been told don’t hold on to anything too tightly before our fingers have to be broken to remove it from our grasp. Sometimes though we are not always aware of how tightly we held on to earthly things until under the threat of its removal 🥲🥲

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  4. That verse has been on my mind Kathy. It’s been very windy here and in the woods here it’s hard to tell which way the wind is blowing as it’s just swirling in the yard. I often ask in the mornings “Holy Spirit what are you up to in my life?”

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    1. I admit, I do like to stand in such winds, let them buffet me. If I’m all alone, I can yell, “Blow me over, Spirit!” or “Listeth right through me, God!” The power of God is mighty in His acts, and He fills me with awe. I get goosebumps.

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  5. I absolutely loved reading this. It is so true. Pruning in painful but its effects are so beautiful. Its even more beautiful when we understand the heart of the Father and His intentions for us. Thanks for writing this.

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