“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes,
He will guide you into all the truth;
for He will not speak on His own initiative,
but whatever He hears, He will speak;
and He will disclose to you what is to come.”
John 16:13, NASB
An interesting thing happened recently. Within a matter of weeks, I found out I’d been pronouncing the first names of several of my friends incorrectly. These are ladies I see on a regular basis and have known for years. After the initial embarrassment, it really grabbed my attention. How could I be off on such obvious details? How could I be wrong and no one correct me?
As I mulled it around, the Holy Spirit tapped me on the shoulder to confirm something that’s been stirring in me for a while:
We’re in a season of course corrections.
Things we think we know – and have known for a long time – may not be completely accurate. Maybe it looks logical (as did the pronunciation of my friends’ names). But the truth isn’t always logical. For far too long we’ve settled for pieces of information and bits of opinion. It’s time to know what we know on a deeper level. And opinions, well, they have to go if we’re going to walk in the level of love and truth the Father has asked of us.
These corrections will come in a myriad of areas: relational, social, political, spiritual. Truth needs to rise to a new level of honor in our hearts, the Church, and society. Assumption can no longer be held in clenched hands.
We must be ruthless with pride and be willing to be wrong in order to become truthful.
Change isn’t always easy, but our Creator’s love won’t let us go on in foolishness and ignorance. He’s growing us up. What an honor to be corrected by a loving God.