“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).
What comes to your mind when you hear the words, “And there will be a test”? While assessment of knowledge and skill acquisition has changed considerably in recent times, the idea of “finding out what you know” may bring to mind a range of memories. You may have relished the opportunity to share your knowledge. For others, memories of nights of coffee, cramming and anxiety might resurface. The teacher’s guidance and assistance are withdrawn. You are on your own. There’s the feeling of “I’ve tried so hard; will I remember everything?” Then later, putting those skills and knowledge into practice is where it all becomes very real.
For the disciples, the days of having their beloved teacher and friend walking and talking with them every day were drawing to an end. Jesus was preparing and comforting them for what lay ahead. Things were going to be different, but they weren’t going to be alone. The Holy Spirit was coming to live with and be in them to be their advocate, guide and helper. To remind them of Jesus’ words. To encourage, equip and continue to teach them.
And we aren’t alone today. The Holy Spirit is with us, too. Have you ever had the experience in a conversation with someone when a Bible verse or word of encouragement that fits the moment perfectly pops into your mind? Or when you read the Bible or hear someone talk about God, and everything becomes clear?
When it comes to God’s love and grace, we are all lifelong learners. And we are not alone. The Holy Spirit is with us all the way!
Dear Father God, thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to be with us always to comfort, guide, teach, equip and strengthen us each day. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.