“The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (Jesus, John 3:8)
There is no way that you or I are going to know with absolute certainty who it is that God is going to choose to become His children. In fact, in John 3:8, quoted above, Jesus says pretty much that same thing. “You do NOT KNOW where it comes from and where it is going … so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
In other words, there is a very mysterious element connected in with those who are born of the Spirit. You can’t exactly tell who they will be … until it’s all said and done (and they have been born of the Spirit).
But there are hints. Yes, there are hints. God can speak to us in some fashion to let us know that the hand of God is upon someone. Several months ago, I attended a function which was attended mostly by people who do not know the Lord. There I met an old neighbor. We’ll call his name “Mick”. I had not seen Mick in more than 20 years. Mick has married, been divorced, and had both a son and a daughter. He looked very humbled. He looked like he really needed a Savior. But I did not share with him the Lord at that time. But I had a very strong sense, “The hand of the Lord is seeking to draw him.” I was moved inwardly by this experience, and sensed that God was really up to something. Note, it often with those people who are going through the most difficult trials, and who may appear to have “real problems” that God is “up to something”!
Months passed, and I attended another function. I met Mick’s mother (who had attended the first function, as well). Mick was not there, but this time she shared about her other son, whom we’ll call “Shawn”. Now Shawn, of course, I knew as well while growing up, being Mick’s older brother. Shawn’s mother explained that Shawn had almost lost his life recently. Shawn had gotten involved in some freak biking accident (just a normal bike, not a motorcycle) in which he fell off his bike and suffered a concussion. The doctors said he was fortunate to escape with his life.
In fact, Shawn’s mother explained, “I just knew something was wrong, so I went out to search for Shawn. And there he was, lying there on the ground, unconscious.” This accident happened away from the city, but there just so HAPPENED to be a trained nurse visiting nearby, who was able to attend to Shawn almost immediately, and, because of this, from the human perspective, it is estimated that Shawn’s life was spared. Shawn was taken to hospital some distance away, and was in a coma for some time.
When Shawn and Mick’s mother shared this event with me, my heart leapt, “The hand of God is upon you!” You see, it was no coincidence that the trained nurse “just so happened” to be visiting next door. Also, think about what Mick’s mother said in the first place: “I just knew something was wrong.” A mother’s instinct? NO! But rather, “The hand of God is upon you!” Never give credit to “mother earth” or a “mother’s instinct” which only rightly belongs to God. As the word of God so clearly says, “EVERY good thing given and every perfect gift is from ABOVE, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” (James 1:17) This verse does NOT give credit to either “mother earth” or “a mother’s instinct” but rather squarely puts the credit where it rightly and only belongs: with God himself. The hand of God was DEFINITELY upon this woman and her son that day.
And it makes sense, too. Because the Bible teaches us that God desires that NONE be lost and that ALL be saved, and come to a knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:9). If Shawn had died that day due to the biking accident NOT KNOWING CHRIST as his personal Lord and Savior, the Bible says that he would have perished for all eternity. It was not, and is not, God’s will that Shawn perishes for all eternity. Hence, the Lord himself spoke to Shawn’s mother to go out looking for him. It’s as simple as that. And in God’s foreknowledge, he purposely and intentionally stationed that nurse just exactly where she needed to be in order to ensure that Shawn’s life was spared.
Was the hand of God upon Shawn? You had better believe it! I would like you to earnestly please pray for Shawn, Mick, and their beloved mother. These are fine people who need the Savior. Upon parting that day, after having heard Shawn’s mother tell the story about how Shawn was rescued, I said, “I will pray for Shawn. And I will pray for Mick, too (who has not had an easy time being single with two children). Shawn and Mick’s mother was visibly touched. And this is a commitment I shall keep. Will you please join me?
“Father, we now come before you on behalf of Mick, Shawn, and their beloved mother. Please, Lord, extend your merciful and gracious hand, so that they ALL might come to know you – and not only they, but their loved ones as well. For we pray it in Jesus’s precious name. Amen.”