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Which Way the Wind Blows

John 3:7-8: Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 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.

As I sat in my office, to write this program, the wind was howling outside. We have some idea, today, of why the wind blows, as the atmosphere contains shifting areas of high and low pressure. However, the direction of the wind is not simply from high to low – other factors, such as the rotation of the Earth, are also important. From a human perspective, the unpredictability of the wind – where it comes from, and where it goes to – is understood in the common English phrase “Which way the wind blows”, which I looked up in several online dictionaries of idioms and quotations, to see that it referred to the changing nature of the world. But none of the sites that I visited referred to a Bible passage that says the same thing.

When I was a very young Christian, a contemporary song of the time had exactly this title, and was performed by a group called the Second Chapter of Acts. The song compared the uncertainty experienced by unbelievers, with the certain knowledge we have in Christ. In fact, it was Jesus who referred to this, in John 3. “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes”. Jesus said this, to emphasize to Nicodemus the importance of being born again – of being born of the Spirit. When the wind blows, it is one more “natural” reminder that should point us to the Savior, because He is the One who knows which way the wind blows.

Prayer: Lord God, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, to take the punishment for our sins, that we might be born again of the Spirit. Amen.

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