The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit. John 3:8 NLT
God breathes and His Spirit is released in the form of a wind. Wherever it blows, the eternal touches temporal. Adam, fashioned out made the dust of the ground, became a man when God breathed over him.
Job also knew the wind of the Spirit. He said, “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” Job 33:4
Ezekiel saw the effects of the Spirit. “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may life.” Ezekiel 37:9 In a vision, nearly dead bodies came to life, stood on their feet, and became a great army.
The world at the end of the tribulation will see the effects of the wind when the two witnesses, the prophets Satan kills, come back to life with a breath. “But after three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.” Revelation 11:11
And, oh, how the disciples were transformed by it. When their souls were despondent after the crucifixion of Jesus, He appeared, told them to be at peace, and then breathed on them. “Receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20:21 They went from there to burn brightly from then on.
We’ve experienced it too at the time of salvation. God breathed over us and our spiritual blindness was cured. We looked up and saw a Savior; we looked inside and saw our sin.
The wind of the Spirit continues to be a source of spiritual renewal. Our spiritual fathers knew it as they made breathing prayer a way of life. As they inhaled, they prayed ~ “O Lord Jesus,” and as they exhaled, “Have mercy on me.” In difficult periods, I’ve made this breathing prayer a part of my life.
The Spirit of God, the breath of God, is within us. He longs to rise up and infuse us with eternal life. The outgrowth is calmness and spiritual power. He also longs to rise up and infuse us with spiritual understanding. The outgrowth is a truth-thud, that moment when a spiritual mystery registers deeply within us and there is miraculous clarity.
Breathe on me again, Holy Spirit, as I digest this devotional. Amen