If you are like me then there have been so many times in your life that you simply had no clue what to do. It might have been a situation we faced at work, in school, or in our family, but we just didn’t have any answers about what to do to fix the problem. There are a limitless number of folks who are more than willing to give us their advice.
There have been times in my life that I’ve asked people that I really respected for advice. I got different answers from different friends. One said, “You should do ‘this.” Another said, “You should do ‘that.’” I ended up more confused than I was before I sought them out. My confusion didn’t lead to me thinking any less of my friends, but it did convince me that even the smartest people really don’t know all there is to know.
What a blessing and source of comfort this week’s Scripture should be to all of us. God, the Omnipotent, all powerful, Omniscient, all knowing, and Omnipresent, everywhere present God knows everything there is to know about you and me and the situations we face in life. It’s one thing to know everything there is to know, but it’s an altogether different thing for Him to make Himself available to people like you and me. God spoke to the people of Jeremiah’s day and said,
3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ (Jeremiah 33:3 NIV)
God says that He will “instruct us,” “teach us,” and “counsel us.” How does God most often provide this amazing help to you and me? Should we wait for a Voice, lean upon a gut feeling, or seek out a mystic? Hardly. God has provided for His people throughout time by His Word and His Spirit. The Psalmist wrote, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalm 119:105 NIV) In the New Testament, Jesus told His followers,
“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.” (John 14:26 NIV)
The word, “Advocate,” is translated as “Helper, Counselor,” and “Comforter” depending upon which translation you read. The Spirit of God takes us residence inside of every believer to teach us and remind us of His Word as we live life. Through God’s Word and God’s Holy Spirit we have all the help we need to navigate the crazy twists and turns of life. The greatest lesson we can learn from the Word and the Holy Spirit is this: there is something greater than answers, far more important than solutions to the questions we have about the situations we face in life, and that is the certainty of His presence with us.