Searching

This week we are discussing the Holy Spirit as our Counselor.

In my mid-twenties I spent a lot of money on our first home computer. I won’t say how much, but it was more money than I sold my beloved 1999 Toyota Camry for in my late forties. This may say more about my aversion to buying and selling cars than my willingness to spend lots of money on the forefront of technology.

Nevertheless, at the dawn of the Internet age I considered this home computer a must. It even came with a CD that included a whole encyclopedia. What a foolproof way to look up information that could never be updated!

What I eventually discovered was that in those exciting days of dial-up modems and searching on AltaVista, most of the time I tried to find information I ended finding other people’s top ten lists of places to find information. I spent much of my time going in circles. From a practical standpoint, I would’ve been much better off waiting a couple years to buy a computer for half the price, and when I could search for information after that other search engine got invented.

Technology companies change and sometimes simply go away, but there are other ways to search for important information.
 
But as it is written: What eye did not see and ear did not hear, and what never entered the human mind - God prepared this for those who love Him. Now God has revealed these things to us by the Spirit, for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. (1 Corinthians 2:9-10 HCSB)

The Holy Spirit can reveal God’s depths to us in multiple ways. One is directly through what was inspired and written into scripture. Reading it can reveal something about God (or us) that we need to consider. Sometimes praying about that scripture will reveal something new. Or praying can stir the Spirit within us.

If you want to remember what TV show that guy in the movie was in, or who won the World Series the year you were born, any old search engine will do. But there’s only one place to search for the eternal answers.

For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:8 HCSB)

By Mark Stuart

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