The Bible says in John 14:26, But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
The great joy of being a Christian is the work of the Holy Spirit in the daily life of the believer. No true believer has a foreign and indefinite relationship to the Holy Spirit. Our gracious Indweller performs many, many wonderful works in our lives. I was reminded of one of those earlier this evening.
Before soul-winning tonight I had a counseling meeting with a dear member of our church. I knew that the basic issue at hand was their attendance at a funeral service tomorrow and how to handle the reality that the deceased person was unsaved. I prayed much in anticipation of this meeting and asked the Lord to guide me and give me the words that He wanted said.
In time the Lord provided me with a verse that I felt would be a blessing, but having been busied all day with discipleship, mentoring and entertaining a preacher friend, I did not have the “address” for that verse with me when I came into my office for this meeting.
I well-remembered the verse saying, “life, or death, all (things) are yours” and knew it was somewhere in the Corinthians letters. So, during the meeting I thumbed to the back of my Bible to search the word “life” or “death”, but I was using a Bible that did not have a concordance (which is not my normal sword). So, hopelessly, I closed my Bible and turned it so that all the gold-gilded pages were facing me, and I indiscriminately opened in the direction of Paul’s letters to the Corinthians.
The Word of God opened to I Corinthians and chapter three and immediately my eyes fell upon verse twenty-two that says, Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s. That was the verse! It was all that I could do not to interrupt the conversation and shout.
When He, the Holy Spirit, came into this world, He came to do this work of guiding, teaching and helping us to remember His words, especially when we seek to use the Word to be a blessing. Even with the raw-material of a tired, unprepared preacher, the sweet Heavenly dove won the victory and the verse previously planted in my heart was used for God’s glory and the encouragement of my member.
Maybe Heaven shall reveal all that our Teacher, Guider, Comforter accomplished in our lives to point us in the right direction, but if the dark veil never be removed nor His wondrous work revealed, I shall go on trusting that unseen Hand that guides me and directs all my paths!