Responding to the Holy Spirit
By Jon Walker
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13 NASB)
God wants you to trust his guidance, so he sent you a Guide.
When you became a believer, God placed the Holy Spirit within you, and he’s been teaching you ever since to listen and respond to the Holy Spirit’s counsel. The Holy Spirit is your Guide, one who walks with you along the way. He knows every step of the journey and understands the blessings and dangers ahead. He knows where you’ve been and where you’re going, and he knows the best path to take.
This is an important issue to understand, because God never intended for you to figure out the steps of your journey without him. In truth, how you get on mission and how you succeed at your mission are God’s responsibilities. Your responsibility is to seek his guidance and obey his directions.
Your job is to trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. His job is to set your path straight (Proverbs 3:5-6). You don’t have to know the reason for everything, and there’s no requirement that you figure it all out before you complete your mission. You just need to trust and obey.
Talk About It
- God says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you” (Psalm 32:8 NIV). Think of the last time you felt led by the Holy Spirit. How does the Holy Spirit work in your life to show you which way you should go?
- What plans for your journey indicate you may be attempting a self-guided tour as opposed to relying on the experienced Guide, the Holy Spirit?
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Jon is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope Devotionals and the author of Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s “The Cost of Discipleship.” This devotional © Copyright 2013 Jon Walker. All rights reserved. Used by permission.