What do you rely upon? Who gives you strength to continue through life’s chaotic struggles? Most likely a person’s name immediately came to your mind, ones who are very supportive and encouraging. But have you had times when no one was available? It is a very lonely place and many are experiencing it right now. What is even more disturbing are the fractions that pushes us further a part. This must not be so!
Paul gives us some directions in I Corinthians 2. It is obvious that Paul is a very strong individual, aggressive, a fighter, and extremely loyal to a cause. Yet he says in verse 3 that he came to them in weakness, timid, trembling and with a very plain message. Then he makes this statement, “I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.” Whatever you may be going through you will often feel inadequate and most likely trembling under the weight of the situation. When we choose to not trust in man’s wisdom but the power of the Holy Spirit, we will receive solutions to our problems.
Several years ago, I went to Israel. Initially the planned trip included meeting my friend who would travel across the ocean with me. The plans changed abruptly due to a hurricane and both of us were rerouted which caused us to travel alone to other countries before we finally reached our destination. She connected with someone who spoke English to help her make the right connection flight. My trip included meeting two people who were going to Israel but I soon discovered I was caught in a whirlwind of confusion. For five hours, we were interrogated, searched, and then held separated before we were allowed to board the plane. I was in another country, alone, unsure about why I was being held and treated with suspicion, and fearful about what was going to happen. I had no one to depend on except the Holy Spirit. Peace came over me and even while I was being searched, I knew I would be safe. Eventually, I was given all my belongings, my money, and my phone and escorted onto the plane. The other two were placed on the plane but with none of their belongs including their money. I arrived in Israel after midnight alone and questioning whether the driver would still be waiting for me as we had to travel an hour outside the city. Every step of the way, I trusted in the Holy Spirit to direct me and throughout this journey, I carried peace even when I was sitting on a bullet proof bus going through dangerous territory! In fact the window that I sat next to had a bullet dent in it.
Walking in the Holy Spirit is more reliable than human wisdom. As Paul tells us, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.” Do I understand why God put me through such an adventure? Not at all but this I do know. I had to rely totally on him.
Whatever you are going through, whatever separations are taking place, God has you. Remember, when we rely on man’s wisdom, there will be limitations. When we rely on the Holy Spirit, the possibilities are limitless in how God protect us. He covers us and keeps us safe regardless of the danger surrounding us. Most importantly He provides wisdom to guide us through.
Listen to my podcast, A New Level Awaits You!, with Jessica Welsh called Sitting in your Rightful Seat. She shares the insights God gave her about rising above chaos. https://www.charismapodcastnetwork.com/show/anewlevelawaitsyou