7-8 “So don’t be so surprised when I tell you that you have to be ‘born from above’—out of this world, so to speak. You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next. That’s the way it is with everyone ‘born from above by the wind of God, the Spirit of God.”
9 Nicodemus asked, “What do you mean by this? How does this happen?”
10-12 Jesus said, “You’re a respected teacher of Israel, and you don’t know these basics? Listen carefully. I’m speaking sober truth to you. I speak only of what I know by experience; I give witness only to what I have seen with my own eyes. There is nothing secondhand here, no hearsay. Yet, instead of facing the evidence and accepting it, you procrastinate with questions. If I tell you things that are plain as the hand before your face and you don’t believe me, what use is there in telling you of things you can’t see, the things of God? John 3:7-12 MSG
Let me apologize before getting into today’s scriptures; I want to apologize for being absent. I will admit that I put the blogs on the back burner. There were other things I wanted to do and took up so much time. Would you please continue to pray for me to keep up with the blog? Thank you for your patience and support.
In the last few verses, we learned about Nicodemus and his will to learn about Jesus. While he is learning about Jesus, we learn about the Holy Spirit. In these verses, we dig deeper about the Holy Spirit. We don’t control the Holy Spirit and what it does for us. What we can do is take what the Holy Spirit wants out of us and apply it to our lives. Meditate on this question; why do we ask for favors from Jesus if we don’t manage the Holy Spirit? One of the things we do not have control over is our birth. The gifts that God gave us are what we do to make ourselves happy and our lives fulfilled. We can ask Jesus, what is next? When we learn about the Holy Spirit, that is a new birth, something we do not control. Scripture says that we should not be surprised that we do have to be born from above. If we can not predict which way the wind will blow, what makes you believe you can control the Holy Spirit? You know where the leaves are blowing, but where is the wind when it is blowing? The Holy Spirit is no different. When you are alone, the Holy Spirit is always there, you may not see, but having the faith to know that the Holy Spirit is there, is another example of why we should understand the Holy Spirit better when we don’t believe he is there.
Nicodemus didn’t understand what Jesus was talking about in scripture. Jesus lay it all down for him in short terms, saying that there is no gossip. Everything you hear from me is the truth. There are no slurs in my words. I have the experience that I speak from and not from gossip. What should happen is you accepting the evidence in front of your face, but yet, you question everything. Why should I tell you things if you will not see them or see things from God? The passage of scripture here is so powerful. Here are questions to ask yourself when you start doubting things on earth. With the evidence of things see, why would we doubt the Holy Spirit? Why would we challenge oppression and the oppressed, or why would you question racial issues? Why challenge discrimination? If we see things in the Bible and believe those to be accurate, why would we doubt what we see on earth that is right in front of us? If you know the Bible, then you should understand that things on earth exist.
Father, let us understand the Holy Spirit and hang on to our faith when we doubt. Let us continue to read the word and have the confidence to live today. In Jesus’ name, Amen!