Today, the day after the Christian Church celebrated Pentecost, my devotion for today is based on Acts 2:1-4, “When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 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.”
Big, life-changing events can happen in a moment. Most tornadoes, for instance, last less than ten minutes; but in those short moments, a lot can happen. On May 22, 2011, at 5:34 P.M., a tornado touched down just west of Joplin, Missouri. Thirty-eight minutes later, 8,000 buildings were destroyed, 1,000 people were injured, and 161 lives were lost.
Just as bad, destructive things can happen in a moment. Good, beautiful things can happen too. The Holy Spirit has used some remarkable people and special moments in our lives to introduce us to Jesus and enable us to put our trust in him. What a moment it is when the sign of the cross is made on the head and heart when a child or adult is baptized into God’s family. What a moment it is when a youngster sits on grandma’s lap and hears about the Savior’s love. What a moment it is when a weary soul comes to Jesus for rest when the sin-laden conscience is assured that Jesus has taken away all sin.
Please pray with me the prayer for today” Dear Lord, as I approach this day, help me not to hinder the work of the Holy Spirit in my life. Amen.