Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'The wind blows wherever it wants.' John 3:8

As a child I loved the wind - the sound of it, the power and effect it had. I remember waking up one morning to see the power that a hurricane had: chimneys had collapsed through roofs of houses; fences were torn down and huge trees had fallen across main roads - we couldn't even get to school! I was very disappointed I had slept through the whole thing! It seemed to come from nowhere and disappear in the same way. There is something so amazing and uncontainable about the wind. No human force can truly withstand it.

The Lord Jesus likens it to the Holy Spirit; a force we cannot see but we can certainly feel the power and see the effects of His ministry. He too cannot be contained or controlled by man. Furthermore, if we sleep spiritually we can miss His glorious moving, waking up to see only its effects.

It is the Christian's duty to be open to the moving of the Holy Spirit and to allow Him to do whatever He wants in the midst of our lives and churches. We cannot make Him move but we can be ready for Him and we can certainly give Him free course to do what He wants when He comes amongst us. If we remain stubborn and difficult we may find ourselves torn down like these huge trees but if we yield to His influence then we may be changed for ever.

In Elijah's life we read this:

'And soon the sky was black with clouds. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm.'

1 Kings 18:45

Let us look for this heavy wind in our lives so that we may have a terrific rainstorm spiritually. Then our hearts will be glad, our spirits blessed and our churches full of souls praising and magnifying God for His goodness to us!