Luke 12 verses 11 and 12 (NIV)
(Jesus is speaking) “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”
Putting the quiz together for Church this week had me thinking about questions and being questioned, and this led me to the promise of God in Luke 12v12: “do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”
The reference Luke 12 v12 is easy to remember! Just like Exodus 14v14 which we read a few weeks ago: “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still” – bear that in mind as you read this week’s promise.
When we feel we are being questioned, interrogated, asked to defend ourselves as followers of Jesus and members of his team, we can remember this promise and hold on to it.
“Do not worry about how you will defend yourself” – when we worry our brains don’t work well. I know I am very quickly into catastrophe mode and imagining all sorts of things that might happen. Or my brain freezes and I can’t think of anything, even simple words slip from my head and I can’t speak.
We don’t know what’s going to happen. The only thing we can know for sure is that as members of God’s team then God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are with us in this instant and they will be with us in every instant to come too. So if we can hold to that our brains will be calm and focussed on the truth. God is with us, we are not alone.
“The Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” We don’t need to have a huge theological knowledge, we don’t need to have read all the books or heard all the sermons. We need to listen for the Holy Spirit telling us. He will teach us at that time, what we need. Of course if you are listening for someone’s voice, it helps to know the person, to know what their voice sounds like, and how they usually sound. We can learn more about the Holy Spirit through reading God’s word, praying and listening, and talking to other Christians about him. If you know that he is someone you want to know more about, please get in touch! The more I find out, the more I realise there is to learn, but I think that happens when you meet anyone and get to know them.
So, don’t worry about times that might come up when you are questioned, or have questions, and need to defend yourself or your membership of God’s team. Get to know the Holy Spirit a bit more, and practise trusting that he will teach you the words you need when you need them.