Daily D – John 16:12
“I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t bear them now.” JOHN 16:12 (NLT)
I am teaching an online class during this Spring semester which begins today. A high school student taking the course for dual credit has been emailing for days trying to get a good start. This is commendable. Having never done anything like this, he is not sure what is next. He is looking for the starting point and an outline of how this course works.
Learning new things is enjoyable. It is something I try to do every day. However, there are times when my mind is so full that I cannot cram in one more fact or idea. There are times when fatigue settles in and stops forward progress.
Go back to John 11 and read straight through to this point. The disciples had to be overwhelmed with all they had seen and heard. Jesus knew they were at the saturation point. Some of what he was telling them would not fully compute for them until after the resurrection and ascension.
Jesus promised that the coming Holy Spirit would guide them into all truth (verse 13). Learning, growth, and development were ongoing. These men were not finished learning. There was much more to come. Now they had the outline. Next would come the details to fill in the empty spaces.
You and I do not know it all. There is still more for us to learn in our walk with God. Today is a good day to say so. It is a good day to confess to our Father in heaven that there is much we do not understand. Tell him also that you are ready, willing, and eager to learn.
Let’s see where that takes us.
I will ask our Father in heaven for more knowledge, wisdom, insight, and understanding.
Our Father, speak to my heart. Teach me. There is so much I want to know and so much more you want to teach me. I am ready, willing, and eager to learn. Increase me in knowledge, wisdom, insight, and understanding so that I may lead myself and others better. Grow my heart as you grow my mind. Amen.
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Zechariah 13:9 “This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’ ”
Zechariah 9:9, 10 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Ezra 3:12, 13 But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.
Daniel 2:30 “As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.”