Surely, former procrastinators, the apostles missed Jesus after His ascension to Heaven. They had questions, lacked wisdom, and longed for His laughter, teaching, presence. But God! Before He left, Jesus told His disciples He’d send the Holy Spirit to them. They probably didn’t understand, but they learned.
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are One. What unimaginable closeness we have with Him! With the Holy Spirit, the apostles still had Jesus with them – in a new way.
Scripture tells us the Holy Spirit is our comforter and guide, that He convicts of sin, brings God’s truth to mind, moves in us with power, and prays for us more deeply than we can for ourselves. The same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you and me!
The morning my friend Mary went home to be with Jesus, I was mourning the loss of her counsel. That day’s Bible reading took me to Psalm 32. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”
A few hours later, Katherine Fawcett Ruch, Mary’s daughter sent this email:
“A picture the Lord gave me today was Elijah at the brook during a famine being fed heavenly food by ravens. How shocked Elijah must have been when it was still a famine and the brook dried up. God wanted to change the way he was receiving provision. So he took him to a widow in Zarephath who was herself hungry. They shared the flour and oil that never gave out. That oil of course is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, who is given without measure. I was challenged by this not to despair at the brook of my mother’s constant wisdom going dry, as she is the source of heavenly food for so many of us. But I am to look to the Lord for other means by which he will provide through his Holy Spirit, and just possibly in the fellowship of others seeking him.” (I Kings 17:1-16)
Our holy God is very personal. What joy!
The Lord’s arm is not shortened even by the passing of a faithful servant. Guidance – and power to surrender – come through the Holy Spirit. May I stay attuned to Him and learn.
Have you relied on a godly source of wisdom that is no longer available? What new provision does the Lord have for you through His Spirit?