Please Don’t Go

“Nevertheless, I am telling you the truth, it is for your benefit that I go away, because if I don’t go away the Counselor will not come to you. If I go, I will send Him to you.” John 16:7 HCSB

It is always a delight to have our four children come home for Christmas. This year our collective schedules did not coincide and they visited at different times. As always the day they departed for home was a sad day, but we understand they must return to their own homes and jobs. The house that was so full of conversation and laughter now seems so quiet and empty.

Jesus told His disciples that He was going away and going back to the One who had sent Him. Certainly the disciples did not want Jesus to go. They wanted Him to stay with them, but that was not what was best. God’s plan was to send the Counselor (Holy Spirit) to dwell within each believer. If Jesus had stayed on earth only a few people could have enjoyed His presence, but the Holy Spirit would come to dwell within every believer and provide guidance and direction.

Challenge: Are you relying on the Holy Spirit to guide you? Are you listening to the voice in your spirit that convicts you when you do something that is wrong? Ask God to speak to you through the Holy Spirit and give you direction for your life. Be willing to listen and respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. What is the Counselor prompting you to do today?

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