Wednesday Word 6.12.2019
Acts 2:1-13 New International Version
1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
That first Pentecost was a dramatic turning point in the life of the church. Can you imagine the scene? From this moment, the very essence of God has come down to accompany us through the world. The Holy Spirit is there to comfort us, guide and instruct us, and kick us in the pants when we need it. I firmly believe that every single soul has been touched at one time or another. It is up to us to learn to pay attention. What makes that lesson possible is demonstrated in this pivotal scene. The Holy Spirit does not speak to us in Hebrew or Latin or Klingon! The Holy Spirit speaks to each and every heart in a way that it will understand, just as it spoke in these very first moments through these believers to the crowd who came from all corners of the world.
Have you ever had a thought that came to you from left field? Maybe a poke to your conscience or an answer to an issue you had never considered? Maybe you have been traveling to a familiar destination and had the overwhelming notion to take a different path just this once? Sometimes that nagging feeling may be more than outside pressures. Sometimes it may be coming from inside your heart. All you have to do is listen…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki