A pilot makes course corrections throughout a flight. If he doesn’t, the aircraft gradually gets off course and eventually becomes drastically so to the point of significant consequences.
Similarly, the Holy Spirit helps us make course corrections to keep us from getting drastically off course in our lives. As we tune in to those promptings, we’re able to make course corrections sooner rather than later. So, we make them when we’re only slightly off track rather than well on our way to being lost.
The Holy Spirit’s Role
Jesus, when explaining why he had to leave his disciples, told them about the Holy Spirit:
“When he comes, he will prove the world to be wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment.” (John 16:18)
In other words, he’ll reveal sin (indicate what needs to go) and guide into right living (indicate what needs to be added). One of the Holy Spirit’s main purposes in our lives, then, is to reveal the course corrections we need to make.
Our role is to pay attention, make adjustments, and let the Holy Spirit work in us. The sooner we do this, the smaller the needed adjustment and the more likely we are to avert tragedy. Life is already full of struggle. Why make it worse by failing to make the course corrections we know are needed?
Knowing this, we can:
- Be thankful for the Holy Spirit’s course corrections.
- Pray for increased sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s promptings.
- Seek connections with others who desire to continuously course correct.
- Obediently and immediately make course corrections.
“If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” (Galatians 5:25)