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Daily Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Friday, June 10, 2022  

Today’s Scripture Reading  |  John 16:12–15

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” (NRSV)

This passage is one of the most hopeful in the Bible for me. And who doesn’t need a bit of hope these days? Jesus assures his disciples that they will not be alone. His truth will continue to be made known to them through the Holy Spirit. This will not happen only once but will continue into the future. Therefore, we really never know everything that Jesus and the Holy Spirit have to say to us.

It seems to me that the Spirit communicates in many different ways: some rather obvious and others not so much. How can we make sure we don’t miss the not-so-obvious messages? How do we make time in our busy lives for those more subtle messages?  

For those of us who don’t feel as busy anymore, how can we continue to engage with a world so we don’t miss the messages that will occur to us beyond our comfortable circles?

My hope from this text comes from the fact that we don’t know everything. We can’t, therefore, have all the answers all the time. Circumstances and events will not always make sense. We should learn to feel comfortable with this, at least some of the time. We should learn to be more patient and remember that God’s time is not the same as our time.

Heavenly Father, help us to be more understanding of others and the circumstances in which we find ourselves. Help us to be more patient. Help us to live with ambiguity. Help us remember that your wisdom is always being spoken to us through the Holy Spirit. And finally help us to have open hearts and minds to hear your good word for us. Amen.

Written by Lisa Garay, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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