“We have not received the spirit of the world but the the Spirit who is from God that we may understand what God has freely given us.” (1 Corinthians 2:12)
In school, we regularly had to do poem analysis. One standard paragraph started something like this: Here the poet wants to say… and followed your understanding of the verse. I never liked these exercises. How could I know what the poet wanted to say? I wasn’t there when he or she wrote it. It would have been different if the poet were there and tell us what was on their mind writing those verses. But they never were there.
This is why I like Pentecost! Because at Pentecost when the Spirit came the Author of the Bible (and of Creation) came to us to explain what He means by every verse in Scripture. We do not have to guess, assume what God tries to tell us. We can know it for certain because He Himself explains it directly to us. We just need to ask Him, Lord tell me your truth; open my heart, mind, and soul before your Word, as Jesus opened the minds of His disciples so they could understand Scriptures (Luke 24:45).
So, when you read the Bible with the help of the Holy Spirit you can recognise God’s own word, His voice, behind the words coming directly to you. You can understand His message, you can rejoice over them,
“When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight” (Jeremiah 15:16)
You will agree with them and obey them. Then the Spirit will start to work in you, shape and mould your life and understanding. It will bring you God’s peace, His guidance, His joy that will be your strength.
This Pentecost (23 May) give thanks to God that He, the author of all Creation and of the Bible comes personally to explain what He means with every word He says! Ask Him to speak to you every day!