“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” -John 4:24
A young pilot had just passed the point of no return when the weather changed for the worse. Visibility dropped to a matter of feet as fog descended to the earth. Putting total trust in the cockpit instruments was a new experience to him. The landing worried him the most. His destination was a crowded metropolitan airport he wasn’t familiar with. At that point, he became grateful that his flight instructor made him practically memorize the pilot manual. Then, he heard the voice of the air traffic controller and knew that his landing was now in the hands of this guy. Aware that this was no time for pride, he informed the controller, “This is not a seasoned pro up here. I would appreciate any help you could give me.”
“You’ve got it!” he heard back. For the next 45 minutes, the controller gently guided the pilot through the blinding fog. As course and altitude corrections came periodically, the young pilot realized the controller was guiding him around obstacles and away from potential collisions. With the words of the rulebook firmly placed in his mind, and with the gentle voice of the controller, he landed safely at last.
There are times when you and I find ourselves going through life and an emergency suddenly strikes. We face an issue that we didn’t anticipate. What do we do? Where do we go? To whom shall we turn to? First, we must refer to our instruction manual. The Word of God. It is in the Word that we will find all we need to respond to any situation life throws at us. Secondly, we are to listen to the voice of someone who can lead us safely home. The Holy Spirit. He is the One who guides us through the maze of life much like that air traffic controller.
When you combine the Dynamic Duo of the Spirit of God and the Word of God, you will make it home safely.
I love the way the New Testament and the Old Testament complement each other. One of the greatest examples of this is in the picture of Pentecost. The New Testament Pentecost is marked by God giving us an outpouring of the Spirit (Acts 2 Upper Room). The Old Testament Pentecost is marked by God giving us His Word (Moses on Mt. Sinai). Spirit and Truth. This is the way we are told to worship. This is the way we are to live. Spirit and Truth. A Dynamic Duo!
Q1: When you face a difficult time, do you rely more on the Word of God or the Spirit of God? Why?
Q2: What is the correlation between the way we are called to worship (Spirit and Truth) and the way we are to live (Spirit and Truth).
1) Ask God for a greater understanding of the Holy Spirit and His role in your life.
2) Ask God to help you avoid the trap of legalism (where we leave out the Spirit) or the trap of liberalism (where we leave out the Word).