“When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth…” John 16:12
How much do we really know? How much do we really understand? It seems like the longer I live, and the more I learn, the more I have to revise what it is that I think I know and understand.
Like, for instance, the biblical expression, “the fear of the Lord.” For decades I was taught, and therefore believed, that when we were told to have “the fear of the Lord” we were being told to have a respectful attitude toward God. Then one Friday, while preparing for a sermon, I was impressed to study how the Bible uses the expression,”the fear of the Lord,” and discovered that it’s meaning is much deeper and more complex. The best, simple definition I’ve been able to formulate is this: to have a relationship with God as God. Which is to say, that in any situation, how we are toward God is determined by the surpassing reality that he is our God.
There have been other things I’ve thought I understood. Then I took a second or third look and the result has at times been monumentally transformative.
There is a danger though that we would become complacent and take our knowledge and understanding of God and his kingdom for granted. When we do this it’s like we’ve confined the working of the Holy Spirit to a corner or a closet. And in doing this we are defrauding ourselves of the blessing for which Jesus has done so much so that he could secure it for us.
Listen again to his promise. “When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into ALL TRUTH…” Tomorrow we’ll discuss the fact that there seems to be a war on truth in our world but today let’s celebrate the reality, that in the Holy Spirit, God has promised us a teacher that will teach us everything we need to know. An instructor that will give us understanding for everything we need to understand. And a tutor that will lead us into that knowledge in a way so that it will make sense and give us not only a satisfactory understanding but a satisfying experience in the learning.
What a truly wonderful and loving God we have to have thought of, and provided for, everything we need.