“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” — John 16:13 (NASB)

I mentioned previously that I used to take part in cross-country runs. For some of the races, we would be running in unknown territory. In some cases, part of the route cut through a wooded area. One wrong turn could take us in a direction which could prove to be dangerous or even disqualify us.

But I did not have to fear. At regular intervals on our route, there were other students who were on duty. Their role was to ensure that the runners stayed on the course. What was significant was their presence at cross junctions.

There were two cross country routes. One was for the boys and the other for girls. Even though we had been training on the same route for some time, when trying to concentrate on getting ahead, it is so easy to be distracted and go off course. We could have easily gone on the wrong route.

Even though it?s a race, unregistered runners sometimes managed to slip in and join the run. They would become a distraction, especially when they went off the route.

But the student guides would direct every participant to their correct route ? the right way the competitors were to go.

When Jesus was preparing the disciples for His departure, He told them ??when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears?.? (John 16:13)

Who is this Spirit of truth? Earlier on Jesus had told His disciples ?When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth?.? (John 15:26) We know that the Helper is the Holy Spirit.

One of His roles is to guide us in the right way, be it deed or thought. No matter how long the disciples had been with Jesus, He knew they needed help to stay on course.

It is the same with 21st century disciples. One may have been taught, even rehearsed in the way of God. But during the race of life, the things around can become distractions. The tendency to follow the crowd or our own personal desires may easily send us off course. The Holy Spirit is there to guide those who are His own.

How can you testify of a situation in which the Holy Spirit kept you on course?


Thought For The Week (TFTW) is contributed by Dr Koh Siang Kiang, Associate Professor (Christian Education) at the Singapore Bible College (SBC). She graduated from SBC and Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), USA, and has served in various ministries for more than 35 years, including teaching at DTS. Dr Koh has been with SBC for the last 10 years, and has a passion for people and teaching the Word of God. She also loves to make the Bible come alive by leading tours to the Holy Land, and has led 12 such trips. To help her relax, Dr Koh likes to cook and cross-stitch.