Bible talks about many winds that God has brought with specific purposes to accomplish. In our day today lives, we have experienced many winds which we sometimes label as ‘perilous’, ‘destructive’, ‘troublesome’ etc. Not all winds are bad when we trace the history of the word of God
- Genesis 8:1 – talks about a wind that blew to end the rising of the waters. When God remembered Noah, his family and the animals, He blew a wind across the waters to start the process of receding the flood. When such a wind blows after a heavy down pour, do not think that it is yet another problem mounting upon the already existing one but it is God’s hand to stop the continuation of the existing problem. There are some floods in our lives that God will make recede once the intended purpose of cleansing is achieved.
- Exodus 14:21 – When Moses raised his hand over the red sea, God blew a strong east wind to turn the seabed into dry land. When we see an ocean of problems raging in front of us and when the enemy’s forces are behind us, God will use a wind to blow away the problem in a spectacular way. When that wind starts blowing, remember it is not for harm; it will soon open up a way for us.
- Numbers 11:31 – God sent a wind that brought quail from the SEA to feed His people in the wilderness. The wind blew to crush the head of the leviathan in the sea and brought the divine provision for His people. The wind that crushes in one place brings provision to His people in another.
- 2nd Kings 2:11 – As Elijah was walking with Elisha, we see that God’s chariots comes down and Elijah is taken up in a whirlwind. Some whirlwinds in our lives are to take us from our current state to a state of glory that God has specially reserved for us. Do not resist it; you are not going down but going up in that whirlwind.
- Job 1:19 – A powerful wind swept in from the desert hitting the house where Job’s children were sitting and killed all of them. Here is the prefect example of the winds of ‘destruction’ meant for harm by Satan blows against a child of God who had received the ‘approval’ and ‘testimony’ of God. Later we see that Job who withstood all odds by staying put in his trust of His ‘Redeemer’ regains everything he lost. Can we withstand the winds that Satan brings about in our lives for our destruction to allow for God’s hand to be revealed?
- Ezekiel 37: 9, 10 – God asks prophet Ezekiel to speak to the winds to blow to the bodies that came together from the valley of dry bones. We see that the winds bring life into the ‘dry bone bodies’. God’s winds must blow in the dry, dreary, disconnected, dead areas of our lives so that the fresh wind can bring about life.
- Jonah 1:4 – When the ship was sailing along, God flung a powerful wind over the sea to cause a violent storm that threatened to sink the ship that Jonah was travelling. When was Jonah was travelling against the will of God, He needed a wind to begin the process of ‘come back’. Certain times, winds blow on our lives that are brought about the chastising hands of the Lord, not to destroy us but to bring us back to His side. That is beginning of the alarm for us to start fasting, praying, repenting and coming back to him
- Mark 6:48 – The disciples and were in the boat going to the other side of the sea and the wind caused a great turbulence that the disciples thought they were going to perish. They tried on their own but could not succeed. The Bible says that they did not ‘remember the miracle of the five loaves and the two fishes’ which had happened moments before they set out on their journey. It was the presence of Jesus that worked the miracle. It is not by might, nor by power but by His spirit only. We can do nothing against the storms in our lives on our own. Jesus must be alive and awake in our boat for us to succeed while we row our boats.
- Acts 27:4 - From here onwards we see the course of a wind that made the course of a set of sailors change in a journey. First it was a whirlwind that made it difficult to keep the ‘ship’ on course (4). That made the sailors anchor the ship to prevent damage to the sailors and the ship. Then they experienced a ‘light wind’ which made them change their mind to sail along (13). However the weather changed abruptly and they faced a ‘typhoon’ which made them lose all hope. They thought they had perished already. Here we see that all we see and interpret are not necessarily the way things turn out to be. Even though they in their human thinking thought that the ‘light wind’ was good for sailing and the ‘typhoon’ was going to destroy them, God’s servant Paul says boldly that they are not going to perish. It is not how we perceive but how God perceives the end result.
There are many times a child of God faces winds in his/her life. Trust in the Holy Spirit for revealing His will so that we react to them appropriately.