Overcoming The Doldrums
“When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.” -Acts 2:1-4 (The Message)
Both the Hebrew word for “Spirit” (RUACH) and the Greek word for “Spirit” (PNEUMA) mean, “wind of heaven; breath of fresh air.” So, it is no wonder that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit recorded in Acts 2 is symbolized with a strong wind. How appropriate for the group of followers of Jesus who were probably disappointed that the Messiah who they were following had ascended back to heaven. Why did He leave? What would they do now? Why did He leave them alone? Or did He? Could it be that the solution for their doldrums was the Holy Spirit?
Ever heard of the phrase “the doldrums?” The dictionary defines “doldrums” as (1) a dull, listless, depressed mood; low spirits, (2) a state of inactivity or stagnation, and (3) a belt of calms and light baffling winds north of the equator between the northern and southern trade winds in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Did you catch #3? There is a real place called the doldrums. Near the equator, there is a place where the northern winds come one way and the southern winds come another way and they cancel each other out. The winds don’t blow there. If you were in a sailboat and entered the doldrums, you were not getting out. You die there.
As your pastor, I don’t want to just teach you the Word of God, my goal is to lead you into a deeper relationship with the Lord so that you can experience Him for yourself.
In a spiritual sense, many people – even Christians – find themselves in a doldrum. No real direction in life. The problem is that the fresh wind of the Holy Spirit is not present in their life. And because of that, their spiritual life is stagnant. Spiritually dying. What they need is a breath of fresh air. The wind of heaven. A second wind.
Q1: What situations in your life get you down and leave you in the doldrums?
Q2: Why do you believe God allows you to face difficult times?
1) Ask God to help you overcome life’s doldrums.
2) Ask God to help you see problems as God ordained opportunities.