Many evenings here in our beautiful town a dad goes for a walk with his adult son who is blind. The son walks head high and full of confidence next to his dad who steers him gently by the arm. No stumbling or hesitant, uncertain steps. A good quick pace, good exercise for both father and son.
In the school of life we also have a guide showing us the way. The Holy Spirit is the One who shows us what to do, who shows us where to go in the darkness. The last part of verse 27 says it simply and understandably: Christ's anointing teaches you the truth on everything you need to know …. Softly, every moment of the day the Holy Spirit is guiding us, showing us the way. Go and watch how guide dogs for the blind work. Without jumping around, or barking at everything, the dog walks calmly, waving its tail quietly and shows the blind person the way. When danger threatens the dog turns away and guides the person to safety. Yes, sometimes the dog has to pull quite strongly to get the person away from danger. But this quiet communication cannot take place without a close relationship between owner and dog. As time goes by they get to know one another so well that no words are necessary. In the stillness, in the darkness, the dog guides, the owner listens, and they get safely to where they need to be.
This is precisely what the Holy Spirit does, but unfortunately not much guidance can happen if you do not have a relationship with the Holy Spirit. There can’t be much communication and guidance if you don’t spend time together. Most of the time, the Holy Spirit also leads His blind wordlessly. Yes, sometimes we need a push to get out of the way of oncoming danger, but that is simply for our own survival. The Spirit’s guidance mostly occurs in silence and one can only hear if there is a clear relationship. It’s almost like those small FM radios from yesteryear that had to be tuned precisely to the station before you could make out what they were saying. We need to be tuned into the Holy Spirit’s station just like that to “hear” what He is saying about the direction we need to take at the next crossroads. But it is not that easy. The world out there is buzzing in our ears. Just look at the way it is going at work at the moment. It’s a madhouse! We run around and kick up a row and as a result the noise makes us deaf to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Sometimes we are just stupid, because God has given us such an awesome gift, such a Guide who walks with us 24/7, right here beside us, but again and again we permit the world’s noise to drown out the station. Remind yourself of John’s words: 27 Christ's anointing teaches you the truth on everything you need to know about yourself and him, uncontaminated by a single lie. Live deeply in what you were taught. Live deeply in Christ.
What noise is there around you?
Do you hear the Guide?
Where and when can you come to a standstill?
Scripture: 1 John 2:24-29
Keep on walking!