“Chasing after the wind ...”

“How great is God — beyond our understanding!”(Job 36:26 NIV)

Chasing after the wind, the wasting of breath to try to be wise in our own eyes, and to impress others. God, our Father, owns true wisdom that is way beyond human capabilities and experience. I have found that the more I know, the less I know. Yet, God has given a strong desire “to know more”, to know beyond our own capabilities, to know beyond even imagination.

He has allowed me to experience very special instances that cannot be ascribed to anything human or earthly. He has “spoken” to me, “touched” me, and “shown” me wonders and amazing vision; and He has broken me. He has broken me.

Yet those experiences did not give a greater knowledge or learning from a human perspective. The Lord moves us beyond the physical human experience to a place “above” this earth nearer to him and grants us, perhaps, a brief window into His awesomeness.

Yet do we not still make worldly mistakes, misjudgments, and foolish decisions all the time thinking we am walking His path, doing His will, and at one with His Spirit?

Taken as a given therefore, we can know one thing true: What we know means nothing, unless it is “in the Spirit". What is meant by that? That all human knowledge is like “chasing the wind”, that knowledge is foolishness and folly – even “madness”.

And again, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways, declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9 NASB)

Sounds depressingly hopeless, that is, from a human perspective. But that is the point is it not? To rely on our worldly, human perspective is hopeless if we are to achieve true wisdom. To achieve it is simply to follow through with our submission of the Master, our Messiah. To serve one another, in love. To serve humbly realizing our own limitations are beyond our own knowing.

Bottom line is that our own wisdom is opened through the door of His word, and the window of His Grace. Wisdom then is gained by submission, humbling ourselves, seeking – always seeking His opening of a window or a door, even if is simply “cracked” open.

Do you seek Godly and/or spiritual wisdom? 

Do you seek to learn "truth" as the Lord meant it before Pilate?

Do you pride yourself in your intelligence and wisdom?

Do you value what you don’t have knowledge and/or wisdom of, or do you have to mentally and emotionally “be on top of things”…?


Bottom line: do each of us rely on the Lord's true wisdom and awsomeness?


 Submitted by AJ Gross, Calvary Chapel Valley Springs




Pastor Art Phinney. Committed his life to Jesus Christ at age 27. Grew in his faith through age 33. Served the Lord in pastoral ministry in an assisting capacity from age 33-35. Attended 2 years school of ministry Costa Mesa California. 1996-1998. Began as senior pastor CCVS 1999.
 Art Gross
Art Gross ("AJ") has been in the military, worked in law enforcement, Higher Ed, and I.T. He has been an "elder" at CCVS for about three years now and serves the Lord and is deeply involved with Men's ministry and Congregational Care at CCVS and in his day to day life. He has attended the School of Pastoral Ministry  through Calvary Chapel Manteca and is con-currently working as a Project Manager for a large financial institution.