Devotion for May 15, 2018

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will
not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he
will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will
take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine;
therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” – John
16:13-15

There are a lot of opinions about the Holy Spirit, but most of them aren’t
based on what Scripture says. Some people like to picture the Holy Spirit as
an impersonal force that moves around somewhat unpredictably, causing
people to act or feel a certain way, much like a beautiful sunset or a majestic
mountain landscape would. Others picture the Holy Spirit as a voice that
whispers in the mind or the heart, revealing little secrets here and there,
speaking all on His own and only to the person who hears. Still others might
not even think about the Holy Spirit much at all, leaving Him a total mystery.

If we want to learn about who the Holy Spirit really is and what He really
does, we should listen to the One who sends the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised
to send the Holy Spirit, who would reveal everything that we need to know.
And how would He do this? By taking Jesus’ own words and giving them to us.
Jesus said, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the
truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will
speak – He will take what is mine and declare it to you.” Jesus tells us that
the Holy Spirit isn’t going to be a renegade, telling us something different
than what Jesus has told us. Rather, He’s going to give us everything that
Jesus has said. He’s going to help us remember all the truth that Jesus taught
while He was on earth.

The place where the Holy Spirit does this the clearest is in Scripture. He
helped the apostles and evangelists remember everything that Jesus did and
said while he walked this earth. The Holy Spirit brought to mind all of the
things that Jesus said and helped them understand it in the light of Jesus’
crucifixion and resurrection. If we want to hear the Holy Spirit speak, we
should look to the Scriptures. It’s there that He’ll tell us all that we need to
know for salvation and eternal life.

The Holy Spirit’s joy is creating and nourishing faith in God’s children. He does
this in the way that faith has always been created and strengthened: with
God’s promises. If you want to hear the Holy Spirit speak to you, then listen
for God’s promises. He promises to forgive you. He promises to share eternal
life with you. He promises to raise you on the Last Day and bring you into His
presence to live with Him forever. It’s in those beautiful words of the Gospel
that we hear the Holy Spirit and give thanks for the many gifts He gives
through the Word of God.

Prayer: Almighty and ever-living God, You fulfilled Your promise by
sending the gift of the Holy Spirit to unite disciples of all nations in
the cross and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ. By the preaching
of the Gospel spread this gift to the ends of the earth; through the
same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the
Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.