I remember that when I was a child our home did not have air conditioning. I recall those hot summer nights trying to sleep in the wilting Indiana humidity. I was so glad when Dad brought me and my brother an old rattling box fan to put in the window. That box fan did not put out a whole lot of air but at least the noise helped us get some sleep. Those box fans are still around and they still do not circulate much air compared to bigger and more efficient models.
As I think of the weak breeze that those fans put out I am reminded of the ineffectiveness of our fleshly efforts in service for our Lord. We might be spinning as fast as we can doing our best but sadly we don’t put out much wind. In the Bible we find that the Holy Spirit is described as a rushing mighty wind in Acts 2. Verse 2 tells us: “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting”. The followers of Jesus were filled with the Spirit in that upper room and the scriptures describe their boldness in preaching the gospel and their fearlessness in facing opposition. Through the power of the Holy Spirit they saw people come to faith in Christ, they experienced answers to prayer, and they saw people delivered from Satan’s grip. The Holy Wind of God blew mightily in the early church. The Holy Spirit and His power are still available to believers in Christ. He can give us comfort in overwhelming difficulties, He can give us a peace that passes all understanding and He can give us a holy boldness to speak to others about their need of a Savior.
I wonder if the activity around our church resembles a rattily old box fan. May we as followers of Jesus be ready to trade in our box fans of self-effort for the Mighty Holy Wind of God.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation