Read Acts 2:2-4 - And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
There is a lot going on in these two verses. The promised Helper arrives where the disciples are gathered together, and he comes in a display. First a loud sound, like a rushing wind, fills the entire house. Then something like tongues of fire appears and descends on each disciple. This experience is loaded with symbolism for us, but put yourself in the shoes of the men who were there. These men had received the Holy Spirit before as recorded in John 20:22, but at that point all Jesus did was breathe on them and send them out. Here they are, twelve ordinary men in the presence of God and Jesus and receiving a power that they have never known, a power that gives them all the immediate gift of speaking different languages. We know from the crowd’s response that this was a chaotic moment, even though God was doing something right there.
Think about that for a moment. God’s moving caused chaos and confusion. His actions were not understood immediately. But the disciples knew what to do, and they acted. It seems that we often expect God to make straight and easy paths for us when He works, as if we think that God is here to establish a peaceful and easy life for us so that we can be productive members of society. But God wants transformation, not a comfortable and complacent status quo. Think about the acts that God has done: parting the Red Sea, resurrections, speaking through animals, giving His Son to a violent and undeserved death, these are only a few. God may speak in a whisper, but His actions are loud. He is in the business of the impossible and that often requires shaking things up. And He works through us to shake things up. Just like He did with the disciples, he will start with us personally to create a breakthrough and then work through us to impact the world around us.
What has God does in your life that seemed chaotic at the time but ended up being a great blessing?
Has God ever asked you to do something that would have stirred things up? What was your response? Why?
Ask God to show you where you have grown too comfortable. Invite the Holy Spirit to pull you out of that place into a greater abundance.