Kolar: The Ink Is Still Wet on God’s Plans for You – The Dickinson Press

John 16:12-13 “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak from himself, but will speak what he hears, and he will make known to you the things to come.”

In the United Church of Christ we often quote comedian Gracie Allen, who said, “Never put a period where God has placed a comma.” We say that because we believe that God still speaks the truth through the Spirit, just as Jesus promised. Everything that needed to be said has not been said and never will be. Jesus is alive and has sent the Spirit to guide us into the truth and to teach us things even today – things that at one point the disciples could not bear.

The disciples received the Holy Spirit and went all over the world spreading the word about Jesus Christ. They had no idea what they were getting into and would certainly have been shocked to know what God would do with their faithful testimony. Jesus could not possibly tell them about the things that would happen as they made their long journeys. He could not tell them that they would be persecuted, ridiculed, and confronted with strange faith traditions that would prove quite challenging as they told his story and worked to bring God’s people together. But he told them that they would have his Spirit to guide and guide them and help them find the way to preach the good news to all people.

Sometimes we face challenges as we try to share our faith in the world today. We are confronted with all kinds of strange ideas. We too are persecuted and ridiculed for our beliefs. But just as the Holy Spirit was poured out on the people of the early church, he is being poured out on us today. Like them, we have the promise of the Advocate who is always with us to help us speak the truth, to help us say what we need to say, and to help us determine what is ours and what is God’s as we get confused. .

The joy of Pentecost is knowing that we are never alone and that God has not finished the story. God speaks to us through the Holy Spirit, now and always! That’s amazing and it’s true. Thank God!