Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth and we know this by waiting on Him.
I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you unto all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you. (John 16:12-15, NKJV, emphasis added)
I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. There is always more to follow. There are things to learn in the future that cannot be learned now – they had to wait, and so do we. But waiting with hope builds upon what is being taught by Jesus to His disciples. The Christian life is a process and though the Eleven have been trained by their Rabbi for the last eighteen months in day to day living with Jesus they are now informed the training will be continued with the help of another, the Spirit of truth. Jesus was not finished working in the lives of the Eleven and He is not done in your life either. The Spirit of truth is continuing the ministry of Christ. There is a time and place for everything. This is why there is waiting on God in the life of the disciple.
When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you to all truth. What a blessed promise and encouragement to the weary disciple! Jesus was intensely discipling them and yet there is more to come. We will grow in the knowledge of the truth as we wait on God. Not only will we learn more and more truth but at the end of the road is the pot of gold – all truth. We will never be without the loving, guiding hand of Jesus. From the Father, through the Son, and by the Spirit of truth we will be instructed. Discipleship never ends and we have a promise as we wait with great hope.
But whatever He hears He will speak. All truth is given to the Holy Spirit and through our submission and waiting the things of heaven are ours to learn. What a blessed position to be in to have the ear of heaven, and the ability to have an ear to the heavenly. The glorious mysteries of God will be revealed. Holy Spirit, speak to us of the wonderfulness of the Name of Jesus. It is ours to know if we only wait and listen. Prayer is not just about us communicating to God, but it also includes us hearing from the Spirit of truth. Listen. Wait. Wait with great hope.
He will tell you things to come. Ah, what another blessed assurance given to us. The things to come would surely include the prophetic word of the end times. But it also includes the biggest question in the life of the believer: what is Your will for me God? The Spirit of truth will tell each and every one of us in His due time. Wait on the loving Father. He wants to direct you and tell you the things to come. Wait. Be patient. Listen to the Spirit of truth.
He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is mine and declare it to you. The Son lived to glorify the Father. The Holy Spirit lives to glorify the Son. And we live to glorify the Holy Trinity by being their witness in a world in great need. Who is getting the glory in your life? It should be God, the glory belongs to Him not you. Get out of the limelight and be a light of Jesus. Do not hoard the secrets of the kingdom – they are to be declared. This whole passage is about presenting the truth. Are you declaring the truth?
Do not be ahead of God. Wait with hope and be patient for Him to guide you to all truth. Prayerfully meditate upon the following passages and determine in your heart to wait for the Spirit of truth to work in you in His timing, not yours:
Matthew 24:45; Luke 12:42-44; Galatians 6:7-10; 1 Peter 5:6-7; Leviticus 26:3-4; Deuteronomy 11:13-17; Deuteronomy 28:12; Psalm 1:1-3; Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; and Isaiah 50:4