The Holy Spirit was meant to be the evidence of Jesus still being with his disciples—the “PROOF” of His continued existence and involvement in their lives.
So much of our modern-day culture is consumed with proving facts to be true... with a deep need to “KNOW” what is real and what is false. That is especially so with Faith.
I’ve watched my friends, family and own children go through the process of seeking out truth, of desiring to know for themselves what is true and what is someone’s opinion. Our Faith is an individual and intimate treasure, one that we can either hold only for ourselves or choose to risk sharing, “entrusting” it to others.
We can all recall times when we foolishly shared that trust or Faith with others who we initially admired, but who failed us and ultimately betrayed that trust. As a father and a man, I must constantly resist the temptation to place my trust in savings, finances, career... a common challenge among guys. For the ladies the issue of Faith and trust often centers around pleasing a parent or finding a significant “other’ who is trusted to “complete’ them.
As we process these life trust issues personally, our kids are watching our every move.
So what ultimately is the “proof” we can offer to them and ourselves of the assurance of placing our Faith in an unseen, untouched and unheard God?
The option and logic of placing our Faith in someone or something we can see, touch, taste and smell is appealing and often the easiest choice. But as life slides by us we start to chalk up the wounds of failed trust and offense and eventually have to step back to really take inventory of what we are and where we've ended up.
I recently talked with a teen girl who at 14 years of age is struggling with the concept of having a “relationship” with Jesus... Her entire life she has been surrounded by the “evidences” of God in her family, yet she is still uncertain of how reliable or sane it would be for her to give up what she wants and desires to follow and place her “faith” in someone she has never physically met. Understandable.
She wants “Proof”.
So did I and so do you. So what is the “Proof” we can offer her and others and our own hearts of the absolute evidence of God?
I believe the answer is... PEACE.
These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But 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 that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid (John 14:25-27, ESV).
When Jesus explains to his disciples that he must go... leave them after his work on Calvary, he describes the coming of someone else, the Holy Spirit who will seal them all with the presence and power of “PEACE“. It was meant to be the evidence of His still being with them... the “PROOF” if you will of his continued existence and involvement in their lives.
If your feeling disconnected from God, anxious and overwhelmed… it’s time to ask again for his gift of the Holy Spirit to fill you anew. If you have never experienced true and lasting peace, it’s available through the decision to trust and experience a new life, a second birth in following Christ. The Peace of God is yours in Him. All we have to do is simply ask for it. That’s called prayer.
”Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God,which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4: 6-7, ESV).
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
The Faith that you and I and our kids are longing for can be safely entrusted to an object that’s worthy of our affection in Jesus Christ. The evidence and powerful persuasion or “PROOF” of our Saviors literal presence... is not an equation or formula of science, it’s not going to be discovered in a new end-times revelation or best selling self help book... no, according to scripture its as simple as having a Life that is lived in Peace.
God help us to live in the Peace that you provide and to stop seeking to find it anywhere else.