It was a full day. On this, our third day on the island of Grenada, we decided to take a tour of the entire island with a local tour company. We had a friendly guide who picked us up at the door, took us to several of the local attractions and provided us with history and stories and even lunch.
The problem was, this guide was not always patient with us when we had questions. He did answer each one, but we would also later learn that his answers to our questions were not always 100% accurate…
It was another full day. We were in our second week on the island when we decided to hike out to see some of the local waterfalls known as the “Seven Sisters”. We had been advised to go with a local guide, and when there was one waiting at the entrance to the hike, we gladly accepted his services. This guide was immediately in tune to my husband’s visual difficulties and the problems this caused him when hiking. He was there to give a helping hand and good advice. He responded to all of our questions patiently. He didn’t always have an answer for us, however. Instead, he would say, “I’m not sure. Let me look that up!” In the end when he advised that the trail to the last 5 of the 7 falls was more treacherous than we could handle, we trusted his opinion.
Two weeks later, we decided to climb Mt. Qua Qua, one of the peaks surrounding an ancient volcanic crater that was filled with water: The Grand Etang of Grenada. Again it was advised that we go with a guide…
Anyone care to guess which of our two guides we choose?
Yup. You got it! The second one.
Why did we trust the opinion of the second guide over the first? Because he guided us into truth. He gave us accurate information when he could, and when he didn’t know the answers, he admitted it and sought them out.
Truth is so important. True enough, whether or not a particular beach goes by this name or that one won’t make or break us in the grand scheme of things; but if someone isn’t trustworthy with the little things, how can you put your trust in him for something as big as whether or not we will be safe on a trail?
And what about the things that really matter in life? What about the Truth of God’s Word? What about the guidance we seek? Do we have a truthful honest guide who can help us in these situations as well?
I’m happy to say that we most certainly do. In fact, we don’t just have a truthful guide, we have one who truly does know all things: “But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.” (1 Cor. 2:10a NKJV); and “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth…” (John 16:13 NKJV).
And what is even better, this Guide has been given to us as a gift! We don’t even have to seek Him out: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (John 14:26 NKJV).
An interesting thing about our second guide…He was always willing and eager to help, but he only reached out in help when he was asked to do so. It is the same with God’s Spirit. God will never push Himself on us. We must choose to seek Him out, we must choose to solicit His help. Why not choose Him today?
But, you say, how can I know if God’s Spirit is guiding me? Doesn’t the Bible teach: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world…” (1 John 4:1 NKJV)?
The first way is this: Did you ask Him to guide you? If you did, then you know that He is: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, andit will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord…” (James 1:5-7 NKJV)
But a vitally important way to know it is God’s Spirit and not that voice of our own in our heads is this: Does the given advice go against anything written in God’s Word? If it does, then it is not of God: “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isaiah 8:20 NKJV).
So where does this leave us?
It leaves us with a Guide, One that is reliable, helpful, loving, truthful and faithful: The Spirit of the Living God. Don’t try to navigate life without Him. He is a free gift of God, One that you can always count on!
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author — “Aboard God’s Train — A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer”, Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, andScriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, withAnswers2Prayer Ministries. Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.
P.S. If you are planning on visiting the Island of Grenada and would like the contact information for an excellent guide, let me know! Likewise, if you wish to know more about seeking our Loving Father’s Spirit, I would love to help you there as well. Justemail me!