By Pastor Mark Jordan
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I heard today’s verse read in a devotion the other day. The first part jumped out at me like a flashing caution light at an intersection. Jesus spoke it during His discourse to the disciples before His crucifixion, referring specifically about the coming of the Holy Spirit. This is the Spirit of Truth that He referred to; the One that would guide them in truth. What I focused on, though, was how Jesus said “you can’t handle it right now.”
Have you gone through something that was truth, but you couldn’t take it all time at the time? Sometimes this comes in the form of shock where your mind simply can’t comprehend the news. Sometimes this comes when you don’t know all the context and need more information to make sense of it. Sometimes things just make no sense, and come at you as though it were in an unknown language. However it comes, you need help processing and sorting all the inputs to make sense of it all. This is what Jesus promised.
Jesus knew that His death and resurrection would be unfathomable for His followers. And it was. The Holy Spirit worked within the disciples to help them believe the unbelievable. The same is true for you and me. Life comes at us so hard and fast at times, we need help making sense of it, especially from a faithful point of view. This is the promise of Christ, that the Holy Spirit will be with you and me forever in order to lead, guide, and direct us. And thanks be to God for that!
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for being with me in the Holy Spirit. I confess there are many times I don’t understand everything, but the good news is that isn’t your expectation. Help me in faith to follow you, even when it’s hard to comprehend. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.