Daily Devo - More Spirit and Less Stress - Day 3
DAY 3: Grieving the Holy Spirit?
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,
by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
Ephesians 4:30, ESV
Each week, I have date night with my wife. Each week, I spend quality time with my kids. Why? Because I love them. If you love God, and God is a person, should you not spend time with him?
The Holy Spirit is the one person in your life that’s always with you, and always going to be there to help you. No matter how difficult of a situation you find yourself in, he’s there to help.
He wants to spend time with you. And if you move on, put him off or forget about him, you are likely to grieve him. Imagine you promise a family member or friend you can’t wait to spend time with them, and then when the day finally comes, you go out and find yourself distracted by your phone, you get urgent email notifications, you accept a phone call, you respond to a few texts messages; and your friend abruptly says, “it’s okay, let’s call it a night.” You sense immediately you’ve hurt their feelings. It’s hard to imagine God as grieved by us not spending time with him.
But God is a person, and the Holy Spirit is the most active member of the trinity in our lives on a day to day basis. We can spend time with him in simple things like prayer and worship, reading his word, memorizing scripture, or simply going for a walk and talking with God. It’s so easy to be the busy Martha (Luke 10:38-42) and get distracted and miss out on the time with God himself. We must be intentional to do this. Romans 8:6 says that we are to set the mind on the Spirit, which brings life and peace. In doing so, we have to be intentional.
The word set means to ponder, dwell, keep on thinking about. These all have one thing in common: time. It takes time to ponder, time to dwell, time to keep on thinking; it’s time that God wants. So let’s make the best use of the time as the Apostle Paul said (Ephesians 5:16). God, your best friend, is already waiting and standing by, to encourage you and serve as the greatest advocate you will ever find. He says to you today “I will not leave you as orphans, but I will come to you! I am with you always to the end of the age.”