October 6, 2022
Connecting The Dots
But the Counselor, 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 NIV).
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I’ve always loved connecting dots. In my childhood it was dots with numbers on paper that stranded together to form an object. As I threw my attention to the page and followed the numbered steps, a picture developed. A new creation appeared that brought joy to my little-girl heart.
My grown-up dot-connecting challenges are far from a kid’s fun sheet. There are daily life dots that need connecting, like: family dots, faith dots, emotion dots, relationship dots, job dots, parenting dots and decision dots. I continually struggle to make sense of situations and circumstances and I long for a simply numbered life sheet to give me guidance and direction.
Do you ever feel that way? Do you ever wonder how to connect the practical instruction of God’s Word to your daily choices, challenges and behaviors? Do you struggle to understand how to connect the dots between your questions and God’s answers? Between the decisions you need to make and God’s wisdom?
If you have a pulse, I’m guessing you deal with this dot-connecting life stuff regularly like I do. The Lord knew we would struggle with this, and He gives each of us the power to connect our life dots.
Through His Holy Spirit.
In Scripture, we see a beautiful promise. Before His death and resurrection, Jesus told His disciples that He had to die in order to connect the sinful hearts of man to the holy heart of God. He explained that though He was leaving this world, His followers would not be left alone or without power.
“If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth” (John 14:15-17a).
Jesus went on to say, “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, 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 14:25-26).
The Holy Spirit works in and through us to connect our hearts to the heart of God. He’s the connector between our problems and the solutions we are desperate for.
When we humbly go to God in prayer and ask Him to help us take the next step, or make the next decision, or choose the next response, He faithfully leads us with wisdom through the power of His Holy Spirit.
Invite the Holy Spirit to lead your decisions and emotions today.
Open your heart to His counsel.
Call on His wisdom and listen for the whispers of His truth.
As you do, He will connect your life dots in a way that brings glory to God the Father.
Imagine what our lives, families, churches, and communities would look like if we allowed the Spirit of God within us to connect our life dots each day. Without a doubt, the world would see a fresh and beautiful faith picture.
Dear Lord, You know every decision I need to make and every challenge I face. I’m sorry for the times I try to figure life out on my own. I need You. I need Your Holy Spirit to give me strength, wisdom, and direction, specifically concerning ______________. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Now It’s Your Turn
What dots do you need to connect today?
After telling His disciples about the Holy Spirit in John 14, Jesus blessed them with a peace promise: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).
Where does this promise find you today? Whatever you are facing, know that the Holy Spirit is ready to guide and comfort you. Journal your thoughts and ask God to connect the faith dots for you so you can bring Him glory in your circumstances and experience His peace.
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Originally published Thursday, 06 October 2022.