Sitting with the Shepherd
But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future ]. (John 16:13 AMP)
The Spirit of Truth is the person of Christ speaking truth into our heart. He has come to indwell all born again believers, but He speaks more clearly to those who are attentive to His voice. We need someone to guide us because we have been born into a world that is deceived, and has been deceived since the fall. Also like blind men moving forward, we need direction. The unbelieving world puts its trust in fortune tellers and psychics, while we honor the Father by listening to His Son in the person of the Holy Spirit.
From "The Christian's Secret of a Holy Life
I have been thinking a lot about the subject of guidance, and I am convinced more and more that it requires great simplicity of spirit to be able easily and clearly to discern the Voice that speaks so gently in our hearts. We must be in the hands of God, as Madame Guyon says, something "like a toy in the hands of a child" used or laid aside just as He pleases, brought out to be admired, or hidden away on the shelf, made to serve pleasant uses, or applied to disagreeable ends and, like a toy, careless of our own hopes of judgments, must desire nothing but to fulfil all the good pleasures of His will!*
In order to receive the guidance that God offers we must trust Him and learn to distinguish His voice from the voice of the enemy. In order to do that we need to pray for the Father to put mature men of God in our lives as spiritual directors.
Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith. (Hebrews 13:7 NLT)
*Smith, H. W., & Dieter, M. E. (1997). The Christian's secret of a holy life: the unpublished personal writings of Hannah Whitall Smith. Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
Questions for Personal Reflection or Discussion
1. Have you ever tried to find something in a dark room and gotten totally frustrated before turning on the light, only to discover that it was right in front of you the whole time ?
2. When you are confronted with a decision on how to move forward with your life, what is the first resource that you turn to for help?
3. How has the Holy Spirit directed your steps in the past?
My Father in heaven, I thank You that You have promised to send Your Spirit to guide my steps. In a world that is growing increasingly dark I am blessed to have you as a source of wisdom and light. May I be attentive to Your voice and eager to comply with Your will. I pray in the Name of Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen