From the delicate breeze to the terrifying hurricane, wind is a force of nature. We can’t see the wind, but we know it is there. Throughout time, humans have learned to harness the wind to fill sails and run wind turbines. We also struggle to limit the destruction caused by wind as the major cause of erosion on earth. Due to its unpredictability and raw power, wind holds both positive and negative connotations throughout the Bible.
WIND AS A NEGATIVE SYMBOL
In the Old Testament, wind is often used as a picture of temporality or futility. The length of a human life is frequently imagined as a “whisper in the wind” (Ps 39:5, 11; 62:9; 78:33). “It’s like trying to catch the wind” is the common refrain of Ecclesiastes to show pointless or meaningless actions (1:14, 17; 2:11, 17, 26; 4:4, 6:9). Isiah tells us that the people of God went through labor but gave birth only to wind, symbolizing the futility of their actions (Isa 26:18). They went through the motions to brings forth life but did not bring salvation to the earth. Troublemakers are said to “[inherit] only wind” (Prov 11:29), indicating the futility of their lives.
Wind also negatively signifies doubtfulness or uncertainty. In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul speaks about believers who develop spiritual maturity as opposed to those who are “tossed and carried about by all kinds of teachings that change like the wind (4:14). James 1:6 states, “A person who has doubts is like a wave that is blown by the wind and tossed by the sea.”
Due to its potential to destroy things with its sweeping strength, wind is employed as an image of God’s judgment. Throughout the Old Testament, God’s influence in the lives of evildoers is pictured as a “scorching wind” (Isa 11:15; Hosea 13:15), “like a hailstorm, a destructive wind” (Isa 28:2), and a “driving wind” (Jer 30:23). Scripture warns that the lives of the wicked are like husks that the wind blows away (Ps 1:4; 35:5; 83:13). The implication is that God is the Judge who provides the wind. Wind symbolizes adversity in Jesus’ promise that it will not prevail against a house (a life) built on a solid foundation (Matt 7:27).
WIND AS A POSITIVE SYMBOL
Wind in the Bible is also positively connected with God’s breath and his ultimate authority over the world. In Hebrew, the word for “breath” (ruah) can also mean “wind.” God created with his breath (Gen 2:7). We see the play with these words in Ezekiel 37:9: “Then the LORD said to me, . . . ‘Come from the four winds, Breath, and breathe on these people who were killed so that they will live.’ ” “Specifically, the collected image of the “four winds” (east, west, north, and south) signals the comprehensiveness of God’s power (Dan 7:2; 8:8; Zech 2:6). “I’ll bring the four winds from the four corners of heaven against Elam and scatter its people in every direction” (Jer 49:36). Revelation 7:1 pictures the angels holding back the “four winds of the earth.” Throughout the New Testament, Jesus demonstrates control over the wind (Matt 8:26; Mark 4:39-41). This is yet another proof of his identity as the Son of God.
The most famous use of wind as a symbol is to represent the Holy Spirit. John states, “The wind blows wherever it please. You hear its sound, but you don’t know where the wind comes from or where it’s going. That’s the way it is with everyone born of the Spirit” (John 3:8). A further connection between the Holy Spirit and wind is seen at Pentecost, when the coming of the Spirit was accompanied by “a sound like a violently blowing wind” (Acts 2:2).
Just as we cannot see wind but notice its sometimes very powerful effects, so it is with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit’s role is to glorify the Father and the Son and to indwell believers- both tasks make him unseen and yet highly noticeable. Further, the Holy Spirit works in
Unpredictable ways; we can’t control or manipulate him to do our bidding, nor can we anticipate what he will do next. The Holy Spirit is also like the wind in the he breathes life into a believer at the moment of conversion. He convicts the believer of sin the same way the wind of the Old Testament was often a sign of judgment.
12 thoughts on “SIGNS & SYMBOLS OF THE BIBLE (WIND)”
Very nice of God’s..Holy spirit threw jesus dwell everywhere..thankyou
I dreamy about wind blowing me away what does it mean
Check back later today. I will put up a post on the meaning of Dreams
A warning not to let the winds of life blow you away. Pray against that and the only way not to get blown away is to stay under the shelter of the Almighty. Hide in the shadow of His Wings. Come to Him fully and be saved. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and confess your sins Jesus Yeshua is faithful and just to forgive and save you. Don’t delay as the winds blow at will and it may be too late if you dont make a decision today.
To be caught up, carried away by the winds of the spirit, into new dimensions of relationship- with Him. I had the same dream about 18yr ago and have been getting revelation through experience With him in the last 14 months. I have a diagnosis of basically multiple personality which I’ve know for years and work with, from sexual abuse in child hood often and from multi sources. Anyways. I found new depths of relationship With Him in the valley season I’ve finally coming out of after 14 months. Fear inhibits loft/flight, how high your able to Send. But those that wait on the LORD shall mount up on wings like eagles…..
What does it mean to dream of being able to control the wind
Well I’m not going to guide you in the wrong direction because I’m no Joseph or david but if you need more information I have a post up on definition about Dreams. It’s a 3 part definition and the last part of it will be up tomrrow. God bless you
Ur faith is strong
Why thank you. Studying Gods word is not only my life it’s also my passion and faith is the number 1 thing that you have to maintain. My goal is to try to help as many people I can to learn and study the bible.
Yes, THANK U JESUS I sitting here listening to these heavy winds I know the Holy Spirit is talking to me. AMEN AMEN
WELL I HAVE DREAMS OF WIND BLOWING VIOLENTLY..MY FAVORITE SISTER NOW DECEASED..ARE IN SAME BED AND THE ROOM IS VERY DARK AND I AM VERY MUCH AFRAID..IVE HAD THIS DREAM MORE THAN ONCE..ANY INSIGHT ON THIS?
There has been times I felt a cool wind starting on my lips, touching my lips then my face, then the front of my body. Sometimes I’ll feel a cool wind gently or at times a bit more gusty. These happen during worship or at prayer meetings. At the same time I’ll feel a pressure, like a hand gently pressing down on the top of my head. Any idea what that means?