Which Wind?

In Hosea 12:1 God accuses Israel of “chasing after the wind”, Ecclesiastes speaks of useless activities as “grasping the wind”, and 1 Corinthians 9:26 teaches us that a lack of discipline is like trying to beat up the air.

In the Greek and Hebrew cultures where the Bible was written, the concept of wind signified much more than the modern scientific definition of wind as simply “the roughly horizontal movement of air caused by uneven heating of the Earth’s surface”.

The men who wrote the Bible understood wind to also be like a breath, air, and, by extension, a reference to life in general.

The Bible speaks about wind in such a variety of ways to help us understand how our physical lives are inextricably tied to our spirits.

When we are warned not to be tossed around by every wind of doctrine (Eph 4:14), we need to understand that God is calling us to pay close attention to what influences us. We need to stop and ask ourselves; What wind fills out sails? Where is it blowing us?

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