A devotional thought from Lizette Beard for “The Spirit’s Work”
John 16:8-11: “When He comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment: About sin, because they do not believe in Me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see Me; and about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.”
The more we learn about the goodness and greatness of God, the more we begin to long to know and trust His closeness to us. We seek reassurance that it is the Holy Spirit, the promised Counselor, guiding our lives. But it is possible that the closer we get, the less comfortable we may become with what we begin to discover.
In this session we learn more about the Holy Spirit’s role to reveal to us the truth about sin and righteousness. What the Holy Spirit shows us is the truth of our situation. And when there is sin in our lives, it is where we have stopped taking God at His Word and begun to follow our own plans over God’s.
Doubting God’s Word often begins with the slight twisting of “truth” to what is more comfortable to us. Becoming sensitive to the Holy Spirit in our lives leads to allowing Him to show us when we are beginning to doubt God’s Word about a situation. When we realize this is happening, we can stop and focus on who has the better track record of sustaining the universe and accomplishing a goal—ourselves or God.
Pause and Reflect
• Think of one or two areas of your life where you may doubt the truth and trustworthiness of God’s Word. Whom are you tempted to follow as the authority in those areas?
• How clearly has God spoken about this in His Word? If you are not sure, how can you begin to find out?