“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.”
(Acts 1:8 NIV)
We are students in God’s school. The Holy Spirit is our Tutor, guiding us through each lesson, opening our spiritual eyes to every truth to be learned.
As a college instructor I was disturbed when my students failed the class. Didn’t they want to succeed? Were they hoping I’d give them undeserved, passing grades?
When I fail tests of faith do I pout and blame God? Do I wonder why I’m tested over and over again with the same material? He points to His Word and says, “It’s in there – learn it!” Too often I try to learn just enough to pass the test, not apply it to my life. I can be a slow learner sometimes.
Late one night the Holy Spirit suddenly woke me in the middle of a sound sleep with a number. It was the total on a form I had completed that day for an accounting client. I prayed, “Lord, please remind me of this when I wake up and I will verify that total,” then returned to a peaceful sleep.
In the morning I checked the number and discovered that in haste I had doubled the total in error! I learned to always double-check calculations and to always pay attention to the Spirit’s guidance, especially when it comes in the middle of the night.
I believe that God prepares us for all that He brings to us. We need to pay attention to our Teacher, the Holy Spirit.
I will pay attention to God’s instructions today in order to learn His lessons quickly. I hope you will, too!