Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Take Up Thy Cross"1 (Lyrics)
John 16:12-15 – I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all 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. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. (NIV)
At the beginning of anything that is new and unfamiliar, like a new community to live in, or a new job with more responsibility, one can feel sort of scared, wondering about what is to come next. It is helpful to know that Jesus' Spirit can guide us through when things are tough, helping us to cope with what is changing. Do you feel this fear of an unknown future? Be comforted, for in verse 13 of today's reading from John 16, Jesus tells us that the Spirit of truth will guide us into all the truth and disclose what is to come. However, we do need to commit each day into the guidance of Jesus' Spirit.
I find that my day goes much better when I commit it into the Lord's guidance early in the morning when I am praying following the day's devotional. Thus, I start the day with Jesus' Spirit, asking Him to be with me throughout the day, organizing everything that I need to do so that it all comes together with calm expectation. I can feel the Spirit of Jesus leading me through the day.
The Holy Spirit speaks only what He has first heard from the Lord. It is wonderful to have such a close Friend directing us through the day with divine truth. There is a lovely, calm feeling as everything works out: no worrying or fretting! It removes that hurtful feeling of loneliness and fear. We are not alone; Jesus' Spirit is with us. Lord, thank You for such a calming and encouraging input into our day.
Maybe what is yet to come for us is the great love of God filling your life and mine with joy. Come, walk with Him, and all will be well!
Prayer: Dear Lord, we often feel alone and unable to cope. Please fill our emptiness and fear with Your love, and help us to make room in our day to be aware of Your activity. In Jesus' loving Spirit, we pray. Amen.