This month brings to our area many windy days; breezes that refresh and winds that sometimes make for a lot of extra work outdoors.  The Scriptures speak much of wind for God is in control of the winds.  The powerful operations of God’s Spirit, quickening and reviving the soul toward God are alikened to wind.  Wind is first mentioned in Genesis 8:1, where God caused a wind to pass over the earth and the Flood waters subsided.  It was God who sent a wind that brought quail to feed the Israelites in the Exodus … “Now there went forth a wind from the LORD, and it brought quail from the sea, and let them fall beside the camp, about a day's journey on this side and a day's journey on the other side, all around the camp, and about two cubits deep on the surface of the ground” (Num 11:31).  Then there was Elijah; my how he enjoyed a good wind storm … “There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the LORD came to him: "What are you doing here, Elijah?"   He replied, "I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too."  The LORD said, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by."  Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind.  After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake came fire, but the LORD was not in the fire.  And after the fire came a gentle whisper” (1 Kings 19:9-12).   Elijah was fleeing from Jezebel, discouraged, scared, hiding in a cave.  Surely God who was causing rocks to fall and the mountain to quake would speak to him through the wind.  But God did not, Instead there was a small still voice.  Elijah was looking for outward manifestations of God’s power, and God let him see that.  But when God went to speak, there was a voice.   How true for us who have trusted in Christ as our Savior.  He lives within us; His Spirit speaks to us with that small quiet voice as He brings to our thinking Truth, His Word.  The prophet Jeremiah encourages us with these words … “Surely my soul remembers and is bowed down within me. This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope.  The Lord's lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness.  "The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "Therefore I have hope in Him."  The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him” (Lamentations 3:20-25).  In the New Testament, we read of Jesus instructing His disciples to take Him across the lake from Galilee to region of Gerasenes.  While Jesus slept, a fierce storm arose.  Fearing for their lives the disciples awoke Jesus.  The winds and waves were rebuked and calm prevailed.  The astonished disciples declared … “What manner of man is this! For He commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey Him” (Luke 8:25). The problem was not the wind and waves; the issue was a lack of faith on the part of the disciples.  Did not the Creator of the wind and water instruct them to go to the other side of the lake?  Then there was nothing to fear.  Therefore, our Lord, knowing our frailty and fearful nature repeatedly gives the command to “fear not” for I am with you.  That is the greatest security in the world, guaranteed by the God who controls even the winds and the waves.  

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