“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is to come.” –John 16:12-13 (emphasis added)
God speaks to his children through his word/scripture. “All scripture is God-breathed…” -2 Timothy 3:16 “The word of God is living and active…” –Hebrews 4:12 But sometimes I am skeptical of this fact. Perhaps the reason is because I do not listen well, or perhaps it is because I am impatient and I want to know God’s entire plan for my life all at once.
This morning it was interesting to read the words of Jesus to his disciples “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.” More than I can bear? Maybe the reason I am cynical about God speaking to me is because He only speaks a little bit at a time. Could it be that His plan for my life is so marvelous that I would not be able to comprehend it if He did reveal it to me all at once?
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” -1 Corinthians 2:8 Is it possible that God only reveals small increments of his plan at a time to keep me from being overwhelmed? As my two-year-old nephew would put it, "sure".
God is faithful. (I know this.) He will not let me be tempted, or speak more than I can bear at one time. – 1 Corinthians 10:13 & John 16:12 It all goes back to the parable of the “talents” and being faithful in the small things (Matthew 25:14-30). Sometimes I get caught up in what God has spoken to me in the past. Or even more often, I get caught up in what God will say to me in the future. Yet, I neglect to listen and obey what God is saying to me in the present, right now.
The only way God will reveal the “next steps” in life to me is if I am being faithful in obeying what he tells me to do today. If I am not being faithful in the little things, the instructions of daily obedience that God speaks to all of us, how can I expect God to speak more and entrust me with much?
So what do I sense God telling me to do today? Share these thoughts with you. Why? I really don’t know. But out of obedience, here is what I’m learning for what it’s worth.