Devotion: Sunday, April 17, 2016
And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. —John 14:16-17
Whenever people embark on a perilous journey, they often bring with them an experienced guide. Sherpas guide mountaineers to the summit of Mount Everest. Daniel Boone led settlers from Virginia to Kentucky. When Lewis and Clark set out on their exploration of the American West, they brought with them a Shoshone guide, a woman named Sacagawea. Were it not for her, it is doubtful they would have made it through the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.
But how is it with our daily lives? They often seem so familiar, following familiar paths to familiar destinations. We get up in the morning, feed our kids, hurry them off to school, go to work, come home, fix dinner, help the kids with the homework, put them to bed, relax a bit, watch television, and so on. What guide could we possibly need? The journey seems not perilous at all. Unless we consider a warning written by the apostle Peter: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).
So it is that we need a spiritual guide to lead us down the path of truth, to help us make wise decisions, to show us how to raise our children, how to behave at work, and how to love our families and our neighbors. This guide is the Holy Spirit, one whom Christ has given to all those who have given their lives to Him. There is no end to His guidance, but we must ask for it and follow it—down to every last detail of our lives.
How long has it been since you've asked the Holy Spirit to guide you through your day? If you're like me, you often find you've gotten to the end of it without once asking Him for help. Resolve today to remain in constant communion with Him. Then see how radically your life changes.