Last evening our region had a windstorm. While in a meeting online, I could hear it blowing against our house and rattling everything. I later took our dog for a walk. I thought at one point, the wind would take her up in the air and I’d walk a floating dog. When we walked with the wind, I barely had to exert any effort. The wind pushed me along with its great strength.
It’s amazing to experience the power of the wind. It is something we can’t see but we feel and experience. Wind shows up a lot in the Bible. It played a significant role in the land of Israel. The scorching east wind could dry out their crops. A strong wind on the Sea of Galilee could swamp a fishing boat.
Yet the Lord is sovereign over it all. He uses the wind for His purposes. Wind also portrays the work of God. Here are some examples.
He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind.
He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth, who makes lightnings for the rain and brings forth the wind from his storehouses.
Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is his son's name? Surely you know!
And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
God is sovereign over the wind. God’s work is like the wind. He works for our good. So whether we’re walking into a stiff life wind today or strolling with the wind at our backs, we can trust God to see us through.
“Thank you Lord for your sovereignty over the wind. Last night reminded us of the great power of wind. Yet You are sovereign over it. Help us to rest in you through the windstorms in our lives.”