The Whirlwind by Sara Whitten
By Sara Whitten
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Have you felt like your life has been a whirlwind lately? This is for you!!! I came across the passage in Hosea 8 about reaping the whirlwind. I had always read this passage as a wrathful one, but this time God began to download something I had never heard before. Now I read it as a tender, pleading call back into His arms.
Whirlwinds come in your spiritual life; times when obligations and events and heartaches and busy days are swirling around. Merriam Webster defines whirlwind as "a small rotating storm of limited extent" or "a confused rush." Guess what? The whirlwind you're in is of limited extent. It has no great power over you! It is limited! God is UNlimited! The anecdote to the whirlwind is in its second definition. If a whirlwind is a confused rush, the anecdote is a CLARITY and SLOWING DOWN.
God began showing me that while whirlwinds come, it is how we USE this force that determines our experience. Hosea 8:7 warns that he who "sows to the wind will reap the whirlwind." God began to open my understanding of this verse.
Reaping the Whirlwind
The word used for wind in Strong's exhaustive Concordance is Ruwach that means "mind, spirit, or wind." If we sow to the mind (feeding worries, basing our decisions on our understanding instead of God), we reap the Whirlwind that is the confused rush. If we sow to the SPIRIT of God, we reap the whirlwind of Elijah that takes us up to Heaven!! (2 Kings 2).
So how do we sow to the spirit? The rest of Hosea 8 leaves clues.
"Israel cries out, 'Our God, we acknowledge you!' but Israel has rejected what is good." (v 2)
"Though they offer sacrifices and gifts to me, and though they eat meat, the Lord is not pleased." (v 13)
God is simply craving your INTIMACY with Him. Do you hear Him crying out to come to the secret place? Not for your performance; not for your sacrifices; just your listening ear and your heart that is moved for Him and by Him. Pressing into intimacy in the midst of overwhelming chaos in life is the key to the Elijah experience of the whirlwind. It will only draw you closer to the Lord!
"Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth."John 17:17 God gave me this verse (John 17:17) at the close of the 17th day of November. Biblically, the 17ths fall at significant GAME CHANGING points for the people of the Lord. Noah's ark came to rest on the 17th day of the seventh month (Gen 8:4) after the Lord had washed away everything and made it new. Esther, after fasting 3 days, sets up a banquet for the 17th of Nisan for God to use her to expose the plans on the enemy Haman and bring a new joy, freedom, and protection for God's people. The 17th of Nisan is also even interpreted as some to be the resurrection date of Jesus.
As I was praying last week, the image of a cross section of a bone came to mind. It highlighted the MARROW section of the bone. Since that time, God has been showing me bone and marrow all over scripture. There are many who feel like they are in a place of DRY BONES. Dry bones lack MARROW. Marrow is defined as "a soft fatty substance in the cavities of bones, in which blood cells are produced (often taken as typifying strength and vitality)". God is wanting to breathe some spiritual lifeblood into these situations that will bring new strength and feelings of enthusiasm back! "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." Proverbs 17:22
As we enter into this new month and approach the new Hebrew year 5779, God showed me the image of someone holding a journal of all the words God had given to him/her. The people represented by this person had shed many tears in the past over what were perceived as lost promises. Words had appeared in bits and pieces but never come to pass. As the page was turned (just as the page is being turned with this new month and year), a full page of bold writing was revealed, containing not only the words seen before, but the full meaning and context.