It’s windy today! You can hear the sound of the wind in the trees that are now leafing out.

Do you like to feel the wind in your hair, blowing it out of shape? Do you appreciate the chill that it adds to an already cold day, or the cooling effect on a hot one? Did you notice that bird trying to make headway against it? Or the one on a branch all puffed up?

The wind means so many different things. What it does depends upon too many variables to begin to mention. What I’m interested in today is whether or not the wind impresses you.

It impresses me—is effects are visible, tangible, sometimes dramatic—as when it took down a tree behind our house.

REMEMBER—the Spirit, Jesus said—is like the wind. You can hear it; see what it effects. . . .but you can’t control it—it blows when and where and how it pleases.

Good to remember, isn’t it? You wouldn’t want to control the Spirit, would you?

You would?

No, not really—not when you think it through. Simon tried to buy that power from Peter—not realizing that it was the Spirit Who was in control of Peter, and not the other way around.

Think for a moment—how would you handle almighty power? Would you be competent in its use? Are you wise enough to do so? Intelligent enough? Good enough?

Let me tell you—you’d have a bigger-than-life tiger by the tail! You’d do damage everywhere you went to everyone around you-not to speak of the ways in which you’d damage yourself.

No. You wouldn’t want it; you only do because you don’t. Think twice—or if necessary, thrice—about what it would be like, and if you are the wise person I hope you are, you’ll agree.

Instead, let’s thank God for His power—and that it is in His mighty, wise, and good hands!

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