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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.”—1 Corinthians 2:12 (NKJV)
The other day I was talking with some of the students from my youth ministry. As we chatted, I felt compelled to propel them into a teachable moment related to how we tend to place confidence in humans as opposed to the Holy Spirit. So here is what I did: I began to butcher each one of their names with an erroneous usage of the original “Greek” language. My performance was convincing. The kids thought I was a genius for translating their names into Greek, even though their “Greek” names sounded ridiculous.
The truth is, I have no idea how to translate anything into the original Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic without using a computer program. Yet, these students placed confidence in me, a mere mortal. They were convinced I was being truthful because of my eloquence. Has that ever happened to you?
Have you ever been given instructions or information by someone who seemed accurate but ultimately led you down a precarious path? Let’s be honest, if you’ve ever used a GPS system, I’m sure you’ve felt the despair of being given the wrong information or instructions. From time to time, we all mistakenly put our confidence in people or things to guide us rather than tapping into the divine and flawless instruction of the Holy Spirit.
In the second chapter of 1 Corinthians, Paul appeals to Christians, reminding us we have the benefit of divine instruction. In other words, we’re able to freely obtain information by way of the Spirit who dwells in us. That’s such an exciting revelation! We don’t have to depend on mere mortals to guide us in spiritual matters or the things of this world.
So, the next time someone approaches you and tries to convince you your name sounds ridiculous in the “original language,” you may want to recall what Paul says about placing too much confidence in man or the finite things of this world. You just might be allowing yourself to be duped, hence being blinded from genuine truth. Remain confident that we have the infinite wisdom of the Spirit which directs us is all truth and divine instruction.
DIG: Read 1 Corinthians 2:6-16, John 6:45, and Isaiah 54:13.
DISCOVER: Ask yourself if you’ve placed too much confidence in finite means rather than divine instruction.
DISPLAY: As much as possible, walk in the Spirit, drawing from the rich wisdom of God.