"The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” John 3:8
It's Monday morning and the wind is starting to howl around my house again! Storm Henry this time! It's a very appropriate verse but I don't want to talk about the natural wind but the wind of the Spirit.
As Jesus said in this passage you hear it but don't know where it comes from or where it's going - so is the Spirit of God. We cannot control Him. We can drive Him away by our format and structured services or by our disobedience to the word of God; we can pray and invite Him to come into our lives or services but we cannot control Him. He doesn't need to respond to our prayers although He may choose to do so. He is like the wind, sometimes powerful, awesome, scary, creating amazing effects on the church and on individual lives; sometimes He is like a gentle breeze on a summers day, carrying the fragrance of God's own sweet heaven, bringing refreshing from on high.
Whichever way the Holy Spirit comes to us we must realise that He is a being that we need to respect. He is totally other, different from us, and He will not be contained or controlled by us.
This wholesome view of the Holy Spirit brings a sense of awe of His power and moving.
If the church is to seek once again for the phenomenal working of revival power then this, I believe, is our starting point. A place of deep respect and awe for the omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient God. It is when we lay down our lives and yield to the power of the wind of God, to do what He wants, when He wants and however He wants we begin to be in the right place. It's when we have no opinions of our own but allow that powerful, invisible being to take over our tiny minds and bodies we begin to discover we move under the sweet influence of the Spirit of God.
This is the happiest place on earth for man to find. It is what we were called into from the very beginning of time and it's where we will find our deepest satisfaction and joy.