2:2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
Breaking news! This alert may come to our devices as an unexpected notification. With the screen flash may come news of celebration of heartbreak.
A report of change was ushered in as Acts 2:2 describes the coming of the Holy Spirit. It is described as a sound from heaven, and the word “echos”, translated as sound, means “noise,” “report,” and “news.” It was this proclamation from God to His church that fulfilled the promise of Jesus a few days earlier at His ascension. While God often speaks in a still small voice, here He chose to speak through a rushing wind; as He did in Job 38:1 and Ezekiel 1:4. His power and might were displayed in the method of this breaking news to emphasize the power and impact of its display.
The apostles, who had been devoted to prayer, were consumed with the presence of God at this moment while they were sitting. It is noteworthy that they were content to remain where God has called them to be and continue in the work of prayer He had commissioned them to do.
In Acts 1:4, Jesus had ordered them to not to depart from Jerusalem but to wait for this promise. Often we are impatient and try to force the hand of God, rather than remaining faithful where He has placed us and patiently waiting for His timing.
A fundamental question to consider is whether or not we are faithful and patient in the waiting to obey Him while we expect the news to break for another sweeping move of God through the presence of the Holy Spirit!
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ac 2:2). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.