When God Moves Through Us
THE MOVEMENT BEGINS: LIFE IN THE SPIRIT (part 3) | Luke describes Acts 2:2, the “blowing of a violent wind” filling the house where these disciples were gathered. Imagine a tornado blowing through your house, on the inside! Potentially destructive power, humbling power.
The Greek word for power here is “dunamos” from which we get our word “dynamite!” This is the kind of power experienced by the nation of Israel when they were led in the wilderness by a pillar of smoke by day and fire by night (see Ex. 13:21). And they saw smoke and experienced earthquakes from Mount Sinai as Moses met with God. And the prophet Isaiah experienced that kind of power when he experienced a vision of angels singing, the temple doorposts shaking as in a violent earthquake, and smoke filling the space around him. His only response to such a powerful God was to describe himself and his people as “unclean” (see Isa. 6:4-5).
I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to take God for granted. I know He loves me, and nothing will ever stop that love. But, on the other hand, I forget that His ways are not my ways, His thoughts not my thoughts (Isa. 55:8-9), that He is so much higher and greater and grander and smarter and stronger than I am, that there is no real comparison between God and me. God is God... and I am not!
Pentecost is about recognizing and remembering the power of God. It’s about having your world shaken to the core, having your life turned upside down, and realizing God is God... and you are not!