Editor’s Note: Today’s AMI Quiet Time is provided by Kate Moon, who is currently serving in E. Asia.
Devotional Thought for Today
John 14:16-17, 25-27
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you . . . 25 All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Recently, I have been feeling an increased sense of responsibility and with it, the often accompanying feeling of being overwhelmed. Because of the particular journey through which I’ve ended up where I am now (overseeing a small house church in Asia), I’d often felt a sense of not having the right background for this work, wishing I’d had more training, etc. Before I came out here 14 years ago, I had learned much from being a member of and serving our church in NYC, but things were, of course, different out here; there were challenges I had never faced or even imagined before.
As different people prayed over me over the years, one running theme had been the affirmation that I had indeed been equipped with all that I needed for the work at hand. The prayers strengthened me in the moment, but when I came back to face the reality of what I needed to do each day, I would forget and come to doubt once again. What I didn’t realize was that I had been associating “equipping” with experience – what I had already learned, the skills I already had under my belt – but when I did, each time I faced an unfamiliar challenge, I would think that I hadn’t been equipped to meet it.
The truth was, however, that my equipping was not only my past experience but His Holy Spirit dwelling in me who would “teach [me] all things” (v. 26)—“teaching” implying that He would help me with what I didn’t already know, “all” including situations I had not previously faced. I began to make a list of all the situations I didn’t know how to handle but wished the Holy Spirit would teach me to handle, and as I presented them to Him, the peace came (v. 27).
What is on your wish list today? Something you are feeling at a loss about? A situation where you wish you knew what to do? Take heart – there is a Wonderful Counselor living in you who has been sent to be with you to teach you all things.
Prayer: Lord, I give every “I don’t know what to do” to you at this moment – would You teach me Your ways in all things? You are alive in me, so help me to walk closely with and depend on You this day.
Lunch Break Study
Read John 14:23-26: Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. 25 All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
Jeremiah 31:33: “. . . I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts . . .”
Questions to Consider
- In addition to teaching us all things, what is the other role of the Holy Spirit mentioned in verse 26?
- In what other words is “everything I have said to you” (v. 26) described throughout this passage (vv. 23-25)?
- What is the main idea Jesus is trying to convey in this passage (i.e., what is the context in which His promise of the Holy Spirit is given)? When we seek the Holy Spirit, what do we usually seek Him for?
- Reminding Jesus’ disciples of all the things He had said to them.
- “All this I have spoken” (v. 25), which refers back to “my teaching” (vv. 23-24) and “these words you hear are not my own” (v. 24).
- He is urging His disciples to obey His teaching. He promises the Holy Spirit who will help them remember His teaching so that they can obey it. We may seek the Holy Spirit for power or for comfort, but how often do we seek Him to remind us of Jesus’ teaching so that we can obey?
How was my fellowship with the Holy Spirit throughout this day? What did He teach me? What teaching of Jesus did He remind me of, and did I obey?