Four Winds


One of the places where I believe God inspired me with a truly valuable lesson from His Word is the the verse from Ezekiel 37:9 which says “Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.”  Reflecting on this verse, I have come to discover that often we encounter at least four different winds in life: the headwind of adversity, the crosswind of confusion, the tailwind of circumstance, and the rushing might wind of the Holy Ghost.  Each of these winds seems to come in sequence every time we make a move toward a deepening commitment to the Lord.  First we encounter adversity as if to test whether our intent is genuine.  Then, having persisted through adversity, we often encounter crosswinds that would confuse us, seemingly offering a variety of ways to fulfill our commitment.  Sometimes, if we are not careful, so many choices can lead to indecision and confusion that stalls or even kills our commitment.  However, if we press on through the potential confusion we then often encounter the tailwind of circumstance.  This wind, sometimes called a following wind, seems to push along in a direction we might not really intend to go, but it seems that circumstances would force us to endure it.  Still, if we persist in our commitment despite adversity, confusion, and even circumstance, we at last encounter the rushing mighty wind of the Holy Spirit and the clutter of our lives is blown away as the Lord rushes in to carry us through.  Have you hit some difficult “points of sail” in your life lately?  Press on by aiming close to the Mark!  The rushing might wind of God is on its way!

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~ by brotherfaron on November 9, 2009.

4 Responses to “Four Winds”

  1. Thank you bro.Faron!!

  2. Good word brother Faron! It seems to me that the winds that offer resistance, though difficult will actually strengthen us, while the winds that are at our back will give us rest and the rushing mighty wind of the Holy Spirit will demonstrate to us God’s power in our lives.

    It reminds me of the following verse:

    “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3.13-14 ESV)

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