Daily Reflection – 5/29/19
Jesus said to his disciples: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.”(John 16:12-15)
There are perfect pairs in life that belong together: peanut butter and jelly, Romeo and Juliet, salt and pepper, Tom and Jerry. The Word of God and the Holy Spirit are a perfect pair as well. We know, believe, and proclaim God’s Truth in his Word only because the Spirit is at work in the Scriptures and within us.
While it would’ve been simpler to have Jesus forever teach us directly, it was always his plan to send us his Spirit to guide us. This isn’t a new idea for God has been revealing his truth by the Spirit since the beginning. From creation, where the Spirit hovered over the waters as God spoke earth into existence, to the prophets who received a word of the Lord by the Spirit, God’s Spirit has always worked hand in hand with God’s Word. You simply cannot separate the two.
Knowing God’s truth however is different from believing it. It is here where the Spirit works again in bringing about faith in our hearts. Only the Spirit makes the Scriptures real to us. There is no need to look beyond the Bible for God’s truth because the Spirit is at work in it. It is the Spirit that also transforms how we live out our faith. The Spirit puts flesh on the bones of God’s Word, convicting us and placing desires in our hearts rooted in the foundation of God’s truth.
Finally, the Spirit was given to us for the purpose of proclaiming God’s truth to the world. A revival of the Spirit in our hearts and our cities only happens when we plant ourselves in God’s Word, trusting him in prayer.
Prayer of The Day
Lord Jesus, you are still with us through the action of your Holy Spirit. Help me to find strength and consolation as I strive to follow his guidance. Open my entire being to you, aware that you know everything already. I’m certain of your mercy and the purifying power of your penetrating, loving gaze.
Jesus spoke these words at the Last Supper, as he gathered with his disciples, sharing life with them. He realized that there was much he wanted to express but could not say, so he washed their feet, broke bread and shared wine. His words and actions comforted and strengthened them in ways that only the Holy Spirit might help them to understand.