Thursday, September 8, 2016
The Mastery of Mystery
UV 2064/10000 The Mastery of Mystery
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
John 3 v 8
Just as we cannot fully comprehend where the wind originates and where it blows, the ways of the Spirit of God are mysterious but we feel the effects wherever or in whomever He breathes or blows. The changes of the new birth or the regeneration of our corrupt and sinful nature once we believe Jesus and receive Him into our hearts and souls are evidence of the Spirit breathing in us. The Lord is sovereign and He decides what gifts and to what extent the fruit of the Spirit are visible and effective in our lives. But the new life is constantly growing from within us: new love, new strength, new priorities, new hope, new wisdom, new emotions, new goals are set in motion like the wind blowing on the earth.
The winds originate from the North, East, West and South and often bring storms and disasters to many but the Holy Spirit is a gentle spirit and He comes to us as He is promised to us by Jesus. When Jesus breathed upon the disciples, many of whom doubted His mission, His resurrection, His power, His words, they were transformed. They received power from above and were gradually transformed into fearless apostles. The Holy Spirit is like a gentle cool breeze and leaves no physical signs of His presence in us and with us. But He quietly works out the promises of the Lord in our lives and has a deep and powerful impact on our hearts and souls. His ways are mysterious and intriguing, beyond finding out or understanding. He is not entirely predictable but He acts in consistency with His Word, His promises and His revealed nature.
When a child is being formed in the womb, no one knows how the different organs, bones and limbs develop. Likewise, as new creatures divinely formed by the Holy Spirit, we are born again as children of God, not for disobedience or disbelief of the Lord but for belief and obedience. We realize that the Lord’s will is sovereign in our lives hereafter and we are but instruments in His hands. He directs our steps like He directs the winds. No storm can blow in our lives as it wants. The Lord desires to prosper and benefit us. Even if we suffer it is for a greater purpose. Though there is mystery and the unknown involved in our lives, we do not fear as we know we are secure in the Lord’s hands. He who balances the clouds over the whole earth, who keeps the oceans within its rims and boundaries and directs the powerful winds is fully in control of our past, present and future. He is the Lord of our destiny and eternal guide till our destination.
Prateep V Philip