The Winds

Posted: August 4, 2011 in General

It was a Saturday in March. Someone knocked on the door and it was a group of Jehovah’s Witnesses. As we stood on the front porch in conversation, even  I was shocked by the tangible grace of God that was present for me to sift through their words and get to the root of their deception. As they left my porch, visibly shaken by the encounter; the wind began to blow violently. Instantly the Holy Spirit whispered the aforementioned statement. My mind was drawn to the two news stories that had dominated the headlines that week: “Record number of tornadoes rip through the U.S.” and “Does Hell exist? Evangelical Preacher releases controversial new book.”

The Bible inextricably ties the weather patterns to the reality of the spiritual climate and the times that we live in. This is clearly delineated by Jesus throughout the Gospels but one striking passage is Luke 12:54-56

54 He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. 55 And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. 56 Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?

Interestingly enough, according to the National Climatic Data Center, April was the deadliest tornado month in recorded weather history with 753 reported tornadoes. If these tornadoes represent destructive doctrines and false ideologies, this brings a renewed sobriety and  intensity to for true believers to mature in this Ephesians 4:14  admonishment:

As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every WIND of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ…

Amen.

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