Not long ago, my seven year old daughter was given a brand new kite. She was very excited about it and asked me for permission to fly it. At that point, I did what most 21st century parents would do–I opened my weather app and glanced at the wind forecast for the next several days. Unfortunately, the weather was showing little to no wind for several days. After learning this, she decided that wind or no wind, she was going to fly her kite. So she opened it up, put it together, and proceeded to run around the back yard frantically trying to keep the kite up in the air. Surprisingly it worked, but only for a short time. Eventually she got tired, and the kite came down. Several days later, God gave us a nice, windy day. After work, I got the kids together, we grabbed the kite and headed to the big open field behind our house. As we lifted the kite into the air, it was quickly carried by the wind to incredible heights. My daughter was especially amazed at how little effort it required. What was the difference? It was the same kite. It was the same kid. But this time there was wind. I read a verse the other day from Isaiah 32:15. The verse beings by saying, “Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high…” The word spirit means wind. Just as that kite could not fly well without the wind, we cannot function well without the Spirit of God. Too often we are trying, just like my daughter, to make something happen in our own effort. It is very tiring and very frustrating. Like the church in Acts 2, we need to learn to wait for the wind of the Spirit. Once the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high, ministering will be so much easier and so much more effective. Maybe it would be good for all of us to go fly a kite. There are many lessons to be learned.
Whether we like to admit it or not, we all need counseling. We all need advice. We all need instruction. The real question is–“Where are we going to get our counsel from?” In Isaiah 19:17, the Bible says, “And the land of Judah shall be a terror to Egypt, every one that maketh mention thereof shall be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the LORD of hosts, which he hath determined against it.” The greatest counsel we can ever receive comes from the LORD of hosts. His counsel is always free. His counsel is always accurate. His counsel is always available. There have been many times in my own life, when I followed the counsel of my heart, or the counsel of others, and it led to many foolish decisions. Isaiah 9:6 tells us that one of the names of the Lord Jesus Christ is the “Counselor.” Let’s run to the “Counselor” today, and let’s not only listen to advice, let’s follow it.
Numbers 25:13 says, “And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.” The context of the passage shows us that this verse is speaking of the zeal of a man by the name of Phinehas. Phinehas was the grandson of Aaron the high priest. One day, an Israelite man brought a heathen woman into the camp with the intention of having an illicit relationship with her. The whole congregation, including Moses, saw what this man was doing, but the sin was so open, they were not sure what to do. The Bible says in that very moment, when the entire congregation was paralyzed with uncertainty and fear, Phinehas rose up. He took a javelin in hand, went after the sinful couple, and slew them in their tent. God has not called us to go after people and slay them, but he has called us to be zealous for him. He has called us to stand up, even when no one else, including leadership, are standing up. It was the object of Phinehas’ zeal that caught my attention. He was zealous for his God. Our problem is not a missing zeal, it is a misdirected zeal. Everyone is zealous about something. It may be sports, it may be hunting, it may be shopping, it may be underwater basket weaving (I don’t know if people do that or not). The point, is we all have passion points. But where is the zeal for God? Where are the Christians that get fired up and excited to spend time with God in His Word and prayer? Where are the Christians that get pumped about going to His house and serving Him? How is your zeal for God?