The other day I was playing catch up with one of my Besties, Cynthia. I asked all about her kids. And her marriage. Homeschool. The holidays.
Then I asked her a question and I am still pondering her answer for myself…
“What are you reading right now?”
Expecting her to say a fresh devotional or an Advent study with her kids.
She answered. Simply. “Galatians.” She giggled. “Galatians. Galatians. Galatians.”
She went on to share that she and a good friend get together once a week and go through the book of Galatians, verse by verse, and let the Holy Spirit teach them. No commentary. No fine print.
Just the Holy Spirit. Their teacher.
I love the outstanding truth in what Cynthia said. The Holy Spirit in us can unfold a passage of Scripture and give us understanding that a Biblical commentary can sometimes limit. But if I am being truthful, this seems so risky. An actual “workbook” is so safe and foolproof.
Do I trust Him enough? Do I operate as a learner of God’s Word, having the mind of Christ and the Holy Spirit of God, the very Teacher Himself, living inside of me?
I want to take Him on His Word…
The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. John 14:26
Teach (didaskō): a) to impart instruction b) instill doctrine into one c) to explain or expound a thing
Read that again! This lives in me! This lives in YOU! This is how He helps us…The Holy Spirit WILL impart instruction to you. He WILL expound on and explain Scripture He instills Biblical doctrine in us. No seminary degree required.
I have been praying about what to read this December and for whatever reason (I am sure I will know soon) the Spirit leads me to the same place every morning.
I can’t get enough of it, really. It’s strange. And Cynthia’s comment encouraged me to stay put. To move through slowly and allow the Holy Spirit to explain and impart instruction.
My Holy Tutor.
And before I begin reading I pray Ephesian 1:17 over myself, “That the Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, would give me a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of my heart enlighten, that I would know what is the hope to which he has called me and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe.”
Highlight that one. Read it everyday. He will always give us wisdom when we ask.
All this being said, is there a passage or a book of the Bible that you are drawn to in Scripture? Will you take God up on His promise and allow the Holy Spirit to be your guide? Let’s do it! He has given us everything we need and more.
The Holy Spirit. Our Teacher.
If you’d like to join me, I will be posting on Facebook my daily reading in Psalm 119 each day. This Psalm is broken into 22 parts. And there are 22 days until Christmas. Sounds like a winner! Join me daily if you’d like. (P.S. Lunch Sack Seeds will resume next week! oxox)