The Quiet Work Of The Holy Spirit
Some Christians are always in crisis and seem to want to tell you all about the problems they are facing. They feel a need to describe their troubles to others, but seem reluctant to take them to Jesus, as if he has nothing to offer.
Don’t misunderstand. I’m not referring to Christians who are going through real, legitimate crises. But it is an important sign of maturity not to challenge God to prove himself to you with visible evidence or a strong, inner voice. The Lord says his sheep know his voice, but often the voice that God uses with his people today is his revealed Word. We read: “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds” (Hebrews 1:1-2),
When the Holy Spirit speaks to us, it is to remind us of Jesus’ words: “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).
I once spoke to a group of ministers and was directed by the Holy Spirit to have the pastors’ wives pray for one another. As these women held hands and prayed for each other, the sweet presence of the Lord fell on them and they began weeping and sharing with one another. There was no thunder and lightning or other supernatural evidence, but a beautiful, quiet work of the Holy Spirit was taking place. Later we heard from women whose lives had been transformed during that precious time with the Lord.
Don’t fall into the trap of looking for signs and wonders; simply obey the Lord, trust his Word, and leave the results to him!