“The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8
Grace is a manifestation of the Spirit. It blows from the throne of grace. It is the dispensing of grace that enables a blind man to see. This grace blows “…where it wishes…but you cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes.” The blind man cannot access this grace by singing Bob Dylan’s classic song “Blowing In The Wind” (1962). It may be a mystical phenomenon looking for answers blowing in the wind but its’ end is death. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12 The god of this age works feverishly to veil our eyes and minds “…lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.” II Corinthians 4:3-4 Unless the wind of grace blows into the soul, one is driven by the wind of this world looking for answers blowing in the wind. Lord Beelzebub is lord of this country. He keeps his subjects enthralled by the Vanity Fair he’s provided for their passions, delights, and merchandise fit for every lust of the eye. The wind of the world is blowing comfortably through the fair, refreshing every soul with a cool breeze from hell itself. All is at peace; but it is a false peace. “’There is no peace’, says the Lord, ‘for the wicked.’” Isaiah 48:22
Thankfully, there is another wind of the Spirit that blows in the world; it is the grace of God. Grace that can dismantle the darkest of souls. Grace that can strip the veil off the face of those who are blind in order that they may see “the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.” II Corinthians 4:4
Flannery O’Connor writes about grace being involved in her short stories. Her characters are frequently violent, morally deficient and physically deformed. She comments that her fiction entails “the action of grace in territory largely held by the devil.”
Grace can dismantle the hardest heart and soften it to receive Christ. Grace can blow a spirit of hope into the soul of hopelessness. Grace can blow into the souls of those bound in addiction, darkness, bondage, and break the chains of the wind of this world and set them free. John 8:36 Grace can sustain those who are in Christ, and strengthen them in the deepest valley and the greatest storm. Grace can call back those who have left the truth. “…for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world.” II Tim 4:10 Grace can restore all who have failed in their walk with Christ. Grace is “able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” Ephesians 3:20
Grace is God’s enablement in us to do what we are not able to do in ourselves. The sufficiency of grace is infinite. “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” II Corinthians 12:9
By which wind are you being carried away? Where are you, this day, looking for answers? Are you looking for answers from some mystical phenomenon blowing in the wind of this world? It can only lead to emptiness. Look where the grace is blowing. Look unto Jesus “…full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:31
For those who have wandered away from the Lord; grace has been quenched in your waywardness. Come back to the Lord Jesus Christ, where the grace is blowing!