Summary: A sermon about letting God navigate your life
The best navigator
John 16:12-15New International Version (NIV)
12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”
Peace and Hope
1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
The best navigator.
I was thinking about Rally navigating this week and read this comment from Navigator -
Franca Davenport She comments “I am hurtling down a Yorkshire forest track in a very noisy Ford Fiesta. Trees are flanking my vision, stones are ricocheting off the car's sump guard and my head is bobbing like a nodding dog. Clutched in my sweaty mitts is a stack of notes that I am reading - no, yelling - to my driver.
It's hard to explain the motivation behind rally co-driving, or navigating as it should now be termed. When you explain the concept to normal people they tend to look baffled. "You mean you sit in a car and let someone drive you at breakneck speeds while you tell them where to go? Where's the fun in that?"
It seems to me that, just like rally drivers, navigators are an eclectic species whose one common motivation is a passion for their sport. No questions asked.
Then I got to thinking if the Holy spirit is your navigator in this life what does your life feel like to him?
Can’t you imagine the Holy spirit saying?
I am hurtling through Riversdale with in a very noisy Pastor . people are flanking my vision, stones are ricocheting off the car's sump guard and my head is bobbing like a nodding dog. Clutched in my sweaty mitts is a stack of bible notes that I am reading - no, yelling - to this pastor – then he runs down a track I told him not to go down swerves does a you turn and gets back on track – HOW come I get to navigate this guy?
Oh that’s right because The Father loves him – Jesus loves him and I love him – Gotta go left turn easy right oh no look out for the tree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
What do you know?
You may not know everything but you know what God your navigator knows a lot more. But what he wants you to know is whittled down for the immediate journey that you are on.
Your mood may rise and fall according to your personal circumstances but all manner of things are happening on earth and in fact if you tried to internalise what is happening you probably would not be capable of carrying it. You’d explode!
I love the story by Corrie ten Boom who was at the railway station and I think she asked her Father about immorality. Here is what she said. He turned to look at me, as he always did when answering a question, but to my surprise he said nothing. At last he stood up, lifted his traveling case from the rack over our heads, and set it on the floor. “Will you carry it off the train, Corrie?” he said. “It's too heavy,” I said. “Yes,” he said. “And it would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little girl to carry such a load. It's the same way, Corrie, with knowledge. Some knowledge is too heavy for children. When you are older and stronger you can bear it. For now you must trust me to carry it for you.” And I was satisfied. More than satisfied – wonderfully at peace. There were answers to this and all my hard questions. For now I was content to leave them in my father's keeping.
John chapter 16.
12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.