This old saying is Biblical. Satan brings us the wind, storm and flood. He controls the elements restrained only by God.
What happened after God turned Job over to Satan? “And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.” Job 1:19
The winnowing fan was a fork-shaped tool used to throw grain in the air after it was beaten small, to let the wind separate the wheat from the chaff.
This shows us in a figure how sanctification occurs. God allows us to be beaten small and tossed to the winds of the enemy. This process causes our flesh to be circumcised off of us (“put off the old man” Eph 4:22-24). This is the experience of the flint knife of the cross. It makes us ready to “put on the new man” in resurrection.
“Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved. 32Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off.” Acts 27:31-32
It takes faith to allow your self to be cast to the winds of Satan. The winds take you where you need to go kind of like Jonah was taken where he needed to go in the whale’s belly. This is scary. We lose all control. God uses Satan to transform us. Sanctification, in this way, is by faith, not human effort. Gal 3:1-5.
And when they had taken up anchors, they committed themselves to the (stormy) sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoisted up the main sail, and made toward the shore. . . And the hinder part (symbol of the flesh) was broken by the violence of the waves (the elements).
Today, pull up all the anchors you use to control your life and others. Cast your fate in faith to the winds and elements of Satan. Say “Father, do with me as You will and as You see fit. I know You are with me!” God will see you thru as He did Job and Paul. This is our path too thru the stormy seas and high winds of sanctification. Cast your fate in faith to the wind.
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