And, the Winds Blew… Winds, especially stronger tornadic winds, can be destructive. They can do little or much damage. But, the one thing that is certain…We typically know when “winds” are blowing through our lives. The Bible uses the element of Wind as an example of God’s power over mankind. Winds have a way of humbling us before our Maker as well as changing direction in our lives.
I can think of two very opposite scenarios recorded in the Bible concerning Wind. In the Book of Mark, chapter Four, verse thirty-seven it reads, “And there arose a great storm of Wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.” Think about it. How would you like to be out on a ship in the middle of a great sea when the “winds” start blowing so strongly that they fill the ship up with water? I imagine you would be afraid that the ship would sink! I know I would. Yet, when Jesus’ disciples cried out, “Master, carest thou not that we perish?” The Bible states that Jesus arose, “rebuked the Wind, and said unto the sea, Peace be still.”
Ah….Blessed, sweet Peace! What a difference it makes when Jesus steps on board of our life and calms the raging winds and seas.
However, another story in the Bible regarding a strong, tempestuous wind is recorded in the Book of Acts, chapter 27. The winds in this scenario must have reached hurricane force, because it was named, Euroclydon. (Much the same way we name hurricanes even today.) “But not long after, there arose against it (the ship) a tempestuous Wind, called Euroclydon.” Not only was this storm intense, it lasted many days… “And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.” Have you ever had ALL of your “hope” taken away? I know I have…until Jesus restored my Faith and Hope!
In these two different stories we find that the first storm was divinely brought about to build up the disciples faith in God. As soon as the disciples cast their faith towards the Master; he heard their cries and calmed the storm. Praise the Lord!
The second storm; however, was sent for correction. In the second storm, we read that the Apostle Paul had warned the ship’s owner not to set sail. Yet, believing that he knew more than the Man of God, the owner and crew set sail against Paul’s wishes. How many times do we fail to heed warnings in our lives until God has to send us through a storm of correction?
Notice, the first storm recorded in the Book of Mark ended soon after it began. Yet, the second storm, recorded in the Book of Acts, lasted for many days. Oh, that we would learn to heed God’s Word, Warnings, and Guidance before the tempest blows! The Apostle Paul assured the captain and crew of the ship that they would not perish, but that they would suffer loss. And, they did. They loss the ship and all of its belongings. Storms of correction hurt. God have mercy.
Today, my friend, if you are in a storm get alone with God somewhere and Pray. Ask God to show you if the storm you are facing is to build up your faith or is it to correct something in your life?
“Every one therefore that heareth these words of mine, and doeth them, shall be likened unto a wise man, who built his house upon the rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house;
and it fell not: for it was founded upon the rock. And every one that heareth
these words of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man,
who built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came,
and the winds blew, and smote upon that house; and it fell: and great was the
fall thereof” (Matt 7:24-27 ASV).
Wise men still seek God during the storms of life. Whether they be to build up our faith or to correct our lives…God is in charge of the blowing winds in our lives. Won’t you seek Him today? Be honest with yourself, and let Him show you what type of storm is blowing through your life.
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T. Rollins, Author