By: Richard Gazowsky
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One of the first things that God ever did, when He was creating the world, was, He “moved upon the face of the waters.” The definition of this phrase in Hebrew explains that it’s like a hen sitting upon her eggs and brooding over them. Now, if God is so advanced that He can quickly create a tsunami that can travel from Japan to California faster than a 747 jet, why would He take time to sit and brood before He finished creating earth? As a matter of fact, why did the Lord rest on the seventh day after Creation was completed? And why is He always telling us to rest in Him, or should I use the word “brood”?
The Apostle Paul said that the goal of the Scriptures is to have all of us enter in into God’s rest. I sense that a lot of this resting is so you can incubate things that the Holy Spirit is wanting to birth in your life. A big key to this is learning to slow down when everything in your body, life, and surroundings, is saying, “Speed up!”
In the last few weeks the world has entered into a huge whirlwind that is surrounding us with much turmoil. If you aren’t careful you could find yourself responding to the spirit of fear and your life caught up in a senseless tailspin. This week one of my secretaries, Lendra, came to me with a Scripture that God had given her during her daily intercession.
It was Job, chapter 38, where God spoke to Job out of the whirlwind. Lendra said to me, “I feel the Lord wants you to study the whirlwind.” Suddenly it dawned on me that all the time God had been showing me metaphors about the whirlwind, I hadn’t researched the subject in the Scriptures myself. So, for three days I went to a place of prayer and brooded, or incubated, over the 38th chapter of Job.
The Bible states that, “God answered Job out of the whirlwind.” That picture truly describes the situation that all of us are in right now. The economies of the world are being adversely influenced by one of the world’s largest national disasters. And, because Japan is at the center of the computer industry, the effects are much more acute than anything that could’ve been imagined. It has taken a few weeks for the full impact to hit corporate leaders.
Anything that is manufactured, and requires computers to operate it, even in the smallest way, is being affected. That includes cars, washing machines, and even the newly released iPad 2, which uses parts from factories in Japan, five of which have been closed down because of the tsunami. Has anyone else noticed the lines outside the Apple store as patrons scramble to acquire one of the new models before they’re sold out? If things don’t change quickly, those who want to buy an iPad 2 may end up waiting a long time.
Yes, Japan’s hit could end up being a blessing to another country if Apple shifts its manufacturing sites elsewhere. But no matter where you’re located, as the days and weeks go on you will find yourself being affected by this gigantic whirlwind. Yet it’s out of this type of chaos that God can really speak. And I believe that’s what He’s doing right now.
In verse two of chapter 38, Job’s friends (and we) are rebuked by the Lord for listening to people who counsel us with words without knowledge. Then God commanded Job (and us) to stand up and answer His questions “like a man”. For the rest of the chapter (verses 4-41) the Lord asked Job (and us) a series of questions that are impossible to answer. The only way to respond to each one is, “I don’t know anything about that.” It’s important early on that our own ignorance is clearly established in our individual minds.
It’s our lack of knowledge about all the facts in a given situation that always leads us to foolish and inconclusive reasoning. This type of thinking must stop. Instead, in this whirlwind of God, we must approach every situation we encounter with a childlike attitude and reasoning. We should say something like, “Father God, I don’t have a clue of what is really going on. All of my prior conclusions and reasonings have been wrong so I’m leaving my judgments behind. I’m going to trust only Your voice and what You tell me to do today. That is my answer for everything.”
For you to get the real revelation of how to enter into God’s whirlwind, you must be willing to do some brooding on your own. For example, whatever chaos is around you ~ be it from your family, company, city, or nation ~ take it to God in prayer. Spend time at your favorite place of prayer, as you listen in the Spirit for God’s daily direction on how you should proceed. Sometimes it might require you spending long periods of time praying in the Spirit. But I tell you, twelve hours of prayer is worth far more than many months of labor. It’s incalculable how much better your future will be if you’ll first invest time in prayer.
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Richard Gazowsky pastors a church in San Francisco called The Voice of Pentecost, and is also president of Christian WYSIWYG Filmworks. He has directed the films, “Guardians” and “The Roman Trilogy.”