Yesterday I listened to a variety of music from my younger days and Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits was one of the albums. Of course we all remember one of his greatest and most enduring of songs; “Blowin’ in the Wind".
In the sixties, the hippie generation of which I was a part claimed all the messages as their own, messages with deep philosophical meaning, messages that transcended all other generations’ wisdom and knowledge of what life and living was all about, or supposed to be about. Oh did we think we had all the answers of peace and freedom and love of our brother. However, they were all answers without God; I didn’t know that in the sixties.
I still like to listen to some of the songs from the sixties but I have different thoughts run through my mind when I do.
I think of freedom, not as in free from the establishment but in terms of Truth; “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free and if the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8: 32&36) We are free from the bondage and servitude to sin and instead we are free to serve the Living God.
I don’t think of peace as there being no war and no killing but of the peace described throughout the bible, the peace we have with God through our Lord Jesus because we are justified by His blood (Romans 5:1). It is the peace that passes all understanding and to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Peace is not in meat and drink but in the Kingdom of God, righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. The bible tells us what true peace is.
The Word also tells us how we are to love our brother and it isn’t at all like the love the sixties brought about. It isn’t in the idea of free love, being a free spirit and doing whatever makes you feel good. It is in the sacrificial love of Christ for His people and in His people when we begin to think more highly of our brothers and sisters than we do ourselves.
Mostly when I was listening to the song in the blog title I thought of the wind, not the wind that blows in the cool air, the Northern, or the wind that blows and causes the snow to be a blizzard, instead I thought instantly of the scripture In John 3:8 which says “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirt”. The Spirit is likened to the wind, where the wind comes from and where it goes cannot be seen nor ascertained; so it is with the Spirit of God.
He is like the wind when He comes in regeneration, we cannot see Him but as the wind is sometimes, this coming in regeneration is powerful and cannot be resisted. He brings his grace and we are born anew from above. And my thought as I listened...... thank you dearest Lord for the Wind, the Holy Spirit sent to me.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2Co 5:17)