(Jesus said,) “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 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. He will glorify Me because it is from Me that He will receive what He will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is Mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from Me what He will make known to you.” John 16:12-15
It was a little over a year from the day I spoke with my Mom about her breast cancer diagnosis ‘til I got the call from my brother that she had taken a turn for the worst. She met Jesus, face-to-face, before Christmas that same year. There wasn’t much time between the good news (“you caught it early”) and the bad news (“she needs hospice care.”) I am realizing more and more every day that I still haven’t accepted her death; I don’t want to.
Volumes of humans living in our current culture (when held to Biblical standards) are, in the colloquial, “headed to Hell in a hand basket.” That makes me sad as so many of them are “good” people. Yet, when I realize that I am using the world’s ruler to measure goodness instead of God’s ruler, I know God is just. Each heart is touched by the Holy Spirit with the good news of salvation and forgiveness; each soul is presented with the Truth and makes a choice. It’s hard to accept that Hell will be filled with “good” people; I don’t want to.
Practically every day, God brings someone into my path that needs to accept the good news. I know He has called me to be available for women in need of a godly friend to listen, encourage, and shed His Light on their path. Yet, time after time; I give them my business card, offering to share His love and am rarely contacted. I feel like one beggar telling another where the food is but they continue to die of hunger; I don’t want them to.
John 16 falls in the middle of the Last Supper discourse; Jesus is talking to His disciples who don’t want to accept the truth of His leaving. He assures them with, “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 the truth.” Seems that the disciples had the same problem as I have … releasing things to our omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient God! Well, at least I’m in good company!
“Lord, I go along each day, trying to run my life my own way. I forget to let go and give You control. (…) Give me strength, faith and hope, and most of all, give me guidance each and every day. I let go and give You control. In Jesus name, Amen.”
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