[Jesus said,] â€œI have much more to say to you, but right now it would be more than you could understand.13 The Spirit shows what is true and will come and guide you into the full truth. The Spirit doesnâ€™t speak on his own. He will tell you only what he has heard from me, and he will let you know what is going to happen. 14 The Spirit will bring glory to me by taking my message and telling it to you.15 Everything that the Father has is mine. That is why I have said that the Spirit takes my message and tells it to you.â€ Â Â John 16:12-15 (CEV)
Lectionary texts: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22=31, Psalm 8, Romans 5:1-5, John 16:12-15
â€œThere is so much more â€¦ â€œ Since 1995 I have studied God’s Word, spent time in prayer (conversation) with Him, worshiped Him in music, wept, danced, and just sat in awe in His presence. And I can say without hesitation that I know only a miniscule amount about God. Oh, I’ve learned a lot in 18 years but for all that I’ve learned, I know now that there is so much more!
The Father. It took me some time to trust my Heavenly Father. I have shared before how I did a word study in the Bible on â€œFatherâ€ and learned so much about who He is and what a real parent should be. I am still learning about this Father-child relationship, especially about the unconditional love that He has for me and all His children. I am learning that His plan for my life is more than I could imagine and that it is not part of His plan that I travel this path alone.
The Son. It is Jesus who drew me to the Father. It was His sacrifice and life that showed me the way to a relationship with God. I think I could study the four gospels, just those four books, for the rest of my life and still learn something new every day. It is through Jesus that I am learning about being a servant and about the un-ending grace and wisdom that is available to me just for the asking. I am never alone in any situation because I know that Jesus has been there before me.
The Holy Spirit. I think I would have died of a broken spirit if it was not for God’s great love, healing, and comfort that He has poured out on me. It has been His Spirit speaking to my spirit in groans beyond words that have come to me in the darkest of times. The Spirit has brought me messages that have certainly turned my mourning into praise and thanksgiving to my LORD.
There is always more but God won’t give me more than I can take. A parent doesn’t force-feed a child. God won’t force His revelation on me. But when I make time with Him a priority, He will always have something new to tell me.
Because of the Lordâ€™s faithful love we do not perish,
for His mercies never end.
23 They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness!
24 I say: The Lord is my portion, therefore I will put my hope in Him. Lamentations 3:22-24 (HCSB)
Majesty and Glory (Psalm 8) arranged by Tom Fettke, sung by the Tom Fettke Singers