In the old days of seafaring ships were totally reliant on the wind, just as the church is reliant on the wind of the Holy Spirit. Ships would get caught ‘in the doldrums’, which was an old maritime expression for a place of calm where winds neutralised each other. Their sails were powerless and they could be left drifting for weeks. The crew would get restless, perhaps mutinous and blame the captain.
History proves that churches can be in this situation at times. The key is: what do we do?
The Bible says wait, be patient. Wait for God’s word.
Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you,
and therefore He exalts Himself to show mercy to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
blessed are all those who wait for Him.
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles;
They shall run and not be weary;
They shall walk and not faint.
In that second scripture ‘they who wait’ can be translated ‘those who long and yearn for’.
Read Ephesians 4 – it’s all about growing into maturity so we are not tossed to and fro (v14) but grow in the unity of faith and the knowledge of Jesus (v13). The key is to get to know Jesus. ‘Lord I want to know you more’. Jesus calls us to follow Him because He is the resurrection and the life. Jesus knows the truth about us but isn’t intimidated by our sin, our lack or our need. If we follow Him he’ll reveal the truth about us to ourselves, but crucially also the truth about himself. Then we will catch the wind of the Holy Spirit.
As we patiently, actively yearn for Jesus he’ll lead us into truth and we’ll catch the wind of the Holy Spirit. Let us wait with faithful anticipation.