“You gave your good Spirit to instruct them and did not withhold your manna from their mouth and gave them water for their thirst.”
I know what you’re thinking, “Nehemiah?? Where even is that? Erick, why is the verse for this ‘Think About It’ from one of the random books of history from the Old Testament?”
But stick with me. There’s something really big here to be gleaned. God’s on that big megaphone that He uses sometimes that is speaking to US here in the 21st century from 450 BC (or so).
We forget about the Holy Spirit. We neglect Him. We don’t understand Him and tend to relegate Him to that fun 3rd part of the Trinity that is just kind of there.
But be reminded: The Holy Spirit is responsible for so much here in our experience of the Gospel. He is who intercedes for us in our prayers, our battles, our struggles. He is the one who helps us in our time of need. Fills us up when we are feeling lost, drained, and in desperate need. The Holy Spirit is who lifts us up, comforts us and teaches us. All of the experiences I can think of where I would say I’ve “experienced God” have all been me experiencing the Holy Spirit.
Think back to the passage in John 16 where Jesus promises The Holy Spirit to His disciples “The Helper”.
“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgement: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgement, because the ruler of this world is judged.
I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
Jesus knew that he had to leave in order for us to experience God on a completely different, more intimate level. There is no spiritual good in all the world of which the Holy Spirit is not the author and sustainer of.
Lets act on what the Holy Spirit is speaking to us. Adore him as Lord over all, forever Holy. Lets own his power, and wait upon him in all that we do. Seek him often and praise his holy name.
Start seeing the Holy Spirit today.
Think about it …