Tuesday – March 27, 2018 – When You Need a Guide.
John 14:26 (NIV) But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
John 16:13 (NIV) But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
Romans 8:26-27 (NIV) In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
We all need a guide more often than we think. None of us are self-sufficient and we need the help of others. There is no greater helper than the Holy Spirit. You must be honest with yourself and admit when you need a guide. You need a guide when you don’t know where you are going, and when you don’t know what you are doing.
It may not be as simple as going from Point A to Point B, when you don’t know where you are going. When I pastored in the inner city of Chicago, a youth group from Colorado came to assist us in ministry. Chicago is complex, and it can be confusing to find your way around. The youth group was large and often broke into smaller groups, so I couldn’t be with them all at the same time. I gave directions to the leader of each group showing them how to get to where they were going. One leader came to me later and said, “just when I think I know where I am going, you send me another way.” I explained that the traffic patterns were different depending on the time of day and I was sending him the way that would result in the best time. Sometimes we think we know best because of previous experience, but many times the Holy Spirit knows better and can lead us in a better way. We can waste time when we don’t know where we are going. Like Chicago, the world is complex too and you need the Holy Spirit to guide you even when you think you know where you are going.
You also need a guide when you don’t know what you are doing. You might call this guide a tutor. You can’t have a better tutor than the Holy Spirit. I was once praying for a woman who was having relational problems with her mother and could not forgive her. When I closed my eyes and asked for insight, I saw smoke rings floating in the air. I had no idea what that meant so I asked her if it meant anything to her. She said “absolutely.” She explained that when she was a girl her mother caught her smoking and made her smoke and entire pack of cigarettes inhaling every puff. She became violently ill as a result and hated her ever since. With that insight, she was able to forgive her mother and their relationship improved considerably.
The guidance of the Holy Spirit goes beyond the intellect to the spirit. He intercedes for us through our spirits. He gave me a picture in my mind and through that word of knowledge, a relationship was restored and is now vibrant.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, thank You for Your guidance. Continue to teach me that You know a better way than I do and that You deal with me through my intellect as well as my spirit.