The truth about control...


In the summer of 2014, my hometown experienced a horrible summer storm. The wind blew down power lines across the Chicagoland area, and the rain brought in record high temperatures. With the power out for weeks, we had to rely on generators that were running scarce at Home Depot, and we depended on the breeze that would occasionally pass through if we wanted to feel any sense of relief. 


The duality of wind – being either gentle or powerful – is what Jesus compares people who have been born by the Holy Spirit to. In John 3:8 He says, “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.” Jesus’ idea is that we don’t understand everything about the wind, but we experience its effects, just like the birth of the Spirit.


When we are born again through the Holy Spirit, we can’t understand everything about the third person of the Trinity, but we know that He is inside of us and that He is working. We experience the process of sanctification (the process of being made holy). We experience the fruit of the Spirit and we are empowered to live in the gifts of the Spirit, but we can’t control the Spirit. Charles Spurgeon wrote, “It [the lack of control] should lead us to be very tender and jealous in our conduct towards the Holy Ghost, so that we do not grieve him and cause him to depart from us.” 


When we are born by the Spirit, we get to experience transformation, but it’s not transformation on our terms – it’s on God’s. How sweet it is to be able to trust a God that has our best interest in mind and has the power to see it out. Just like the wind, there’s power to make big changes and a slight breeze to remind us of His steadfast love.


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