My dear friend Carmen Howard has been on the theme of “WIND” as a word from the Lord for a while now. Because of her passionate pursuit of this word and what God is speaking to us through it, whenever I see the word wind, I pause and ask the Lord what is it you are saying about the wind to us? This morning, I was reading in James 1 and the word wind showed up and I immediately thought of Carmen, but it was way to early to call her and share some thoughts with her about this word. Therefore, I decided to write this mornings post with my thoughts on what the wind is saying in James 1.
James 1:5-6 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.”
Doubt drives us and tosses us with the wind. Immediately as I read this I realized if we feel driven or tossed to and fro by a wind, which can be words, circumstances, people’s expectations, etc. then the wind we are being driven and tossed by is not the wind of God. The wind of God doesn’t drive us or toss us, it lead us and guides us. Romans 8:14 says, “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God;” and Galatians 5:16 says, “If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” The wind of God does not drive us or toss us here and there, it leads us and guides us in the way we should go.
Two winds, both seeking to determine the direction our life takes. One wind drives us, tosses us and seeks to destroy us, the other wind, leads us, guides us and seeks to bless us abundantly with the fruit of the spirit. My friends, catch the wind of the Spirit of God and resist the wind of striving, It takes discernment to know what wind you are in, but the fruit of the wind will be obvious, for one produces the fruit of the flesh, the other produces the fruit of the Spirit. Thank you Carmen for loving the wind of God!!!