The Holy Spirit is intimately involved in your life to guide your meditation. As you hear the Scriptures and memorize the sound of God’s voice, Holy Spirit whispers direction and choices that you can make in response to a loving, wise God.
As we look at ways that God’s Spirit is revealed to us, we find an illustration in the wind. In his conversation with Nicodemus about the Kingdom of God, he uses the strange metaphor of wind.
Jesus is telling him that a born again person is one who has had the influence and presence of God’s Spirit bringing them to life in a new kind of way. Above their base human instincts, God empowers them to live in communion with Himself. God is Spirit and only with our spirit can we truly commune together.
Nicodemus had a very human understanding of religion. He had disciplined his life in ways that trained his mind to know about God and live as a good man. But he lacked spiritual power to bring about what was in God’s heart. He had the letter of the Law, but not the Spirit of it.
Enter the wind… you hear it blow. You see its effects and feel it move the atmosphere. The wind is not predictable or controllable; not like Nicodemus’ religion that could be learned, commodified and used to exercise control. No, the real religion that Jesus brings has an unruliness and unpredictability like the wind.
Furthermore, the person who embraces the wind is moved along with the same unruliness and unpredictability as the wind that guides them.
When we meditate on God’s Word, we are learning the voice of the wind and move accordingly. We see this in the book of Acts. The newborn church responds to the Mighty Rushing Wind of the upper room in Acts 2. God’s Wind has come to bring the new church to life, empowering her to move around the world with the good news of God’s Kingdom.
Richard Foster says, “In the book of Acts we see the resurrected and reigning Christ, through the Holy Spirit, teaching and guiding his children: leading Philip to new unreached cultures (Act 8), revealing his messiah-ship to Paul (Acts 9), teaching Peter about his Jewish nationalism (Acts 10), guiding the Church out of its cultural captivity (Acts 15). What we see over and over again is God’s people learning to live on the basis of hearing God’s voice and obeying his word.
This, in brief, forms the biblical foundation for meditation, and the wonderful news is that Jesus has not stopped acting and speaking. He is resurrected and at work in our world. He is not idle, nor has he developed laryngitis. He is alive and among us…”