During the 18th century, merchants traveled The Silk Road, routes that connected several regions for trade. These routes passed through several arid regions where water was scarce. Merchants relied on oases, areas with water in the desert, for their survival. They actually planned their trips so they could pass by these areas and replenish their water supplies. It was imperative that they went by these areas.
While traveling, they had to make stops at these oases; otherwise, they weren’t going to finish their journey. But wouldn’t you think it would have been better if they could have just found a route that had a nice flowing river beside it so they could always have that provision of water? I think so.
This is exactly what the Lord tells us about the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. The Word is that oasis in the desert, but the Holy Spirit is that river that we walk next to. There is a Wellspring of Living Water (John 4:10-14, John 17:3) and then there are Rivers of Living Water (John 7:37-39, Revelation 22:1). God has more to say.
Did you know that God wants to tell us more than what is in the Bible? That may sound blasphemous, but that is exactly what the Bible says. Yes! The Bible itself says that God wants to tell us more than what’s in the Bible.
In fact, it’s not just the Bible; it’s Jesus Himself. Jesus told the disciples and us that there was more that He wanted to tell us, but not at the time He was here on the Earth.
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” – John 16:12-13 NKJV
There are times that some people cannot receive certain truths of God’s Word. Just imagine this: would you try to give a three-year-old all the knowledge of a thirty-year-old? I hope not. The Bible does talk about not casting pearls before swine (Matthew 7:6).
At the same time, there are some things that are meant to be revealed at certain times. If I were going to give you directions to my house, I wouldn’t tell you to turn right at the gas station until it was time to turn right at the gas station. Ephesians 1:10 says, “That in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.” God has a timing for things, and some things won’t be revealed until it is time.
Jesus wasn’t able to give the disciples deeper truths that they weren’t ready to receive or walk in when He was talking to them in John 16. However, there was a time when they would be able to receive them. He said that He was sending the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth. The Holy Spirit will tell us things that He hears from the Father and He’ll tell us. He’ll guide us into all truth and show us things to come.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. – Romans 8:14 NKJV
That means we should know what is going to happen in our own lives and our world, why it happened, and what God thinks about it happening. The Christian should be the wisest person around because of the Holy Spirit living in them.
Don’t believe that the Bible is all God has to say to us. No, the Holy Spirit has come to guide us into all truth. The Lord desires to lead us in every area of our lives through the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. Just remember, anything that the Holy Spirit says will agree with the Word of God because He is the Spirit of God.
The devil desires to limit anything and everything that God wants to do—in the world, in the church, and in the lives of believers. Don’t believe his lies. Believe the Word. And the Word says that God desires to tell us more through the Holy Spirit.