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John 16:12-15, Knowledge for the Journey/Trinity Sunday 2019

Key Verse

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
— John 16:13

RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, June 16, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Main Idea: Jesus sent the Holy Spirit as an advocate to impart knowledge when knowledge was needed.

Jesus was preparing his disciples for a painful separation. He told them a lot. But he didn’t tell them everything. How could he? How could they possibly understand what he would tell them? How could they wrap their heads around the truth that is perplexing, even today when we know what happened next?

But Jesus told them enough. He told them what they needed to know. The rest they would find out for themselves when the time was right.

We live in a world where knowledge is everything. People who know how to make money make money. You wanna know something? Google it. There is talk of moving the education system from a 9-month cycle to a 12-month cycle, so kids don’t lose what they’ve learned. College students are in deeper debt now than ever, and for what? Knowledge.

Jesus knew that knowledge was critical to his mission. But he also knew that there were times to wait for knowledge to unfold in its own time. He knew that experience could be a more powerful teacher than words. I’ve learned this as a parent – my kids learned far more from making terrible decisions than they ever would from my preventing them from making those decisions. It’s hard sometimes to let others learn from their experiences when we know better. It’s also hard to be patient when we need to learn from our own experiences. But sometimes the waiting, the stillness, the lack of knowledge can be a wonderful gift.

Help me, O Lord, to wait in silence. Allow my heart to be still in your presence. Amen.

 

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