Focus Scripture: John 14:15-17
"The Force is strong with this one."
I suppose I am truly a child of the 80s. When I read about the Spirit being with me, with Christians, I can't help but hear Darth Vader talk about Luke and how the Force is with him. Some may think it's sacrilegious but that is where my mind goes.
The difference (in addition to Star Wars being a movie) is that the Spirit is clearly described as a person, not an energy, and described with the personal pronoun. (Scholars and translators differ on whether the Holy Spirit is female or male. Although most translations use the pronoun, "he," many scholars confirm that the Greek word for Holy Spirit, paracletos, is feminine. Whether the Holy Spirit should be understood as male or female is not important to this devotion.)
Have you ever met someone who seems to bring peace into a room with them? Or someone who seems to take almost everything in stride? Or someone who makes you feel welcome and comfortable and at ease, seemingly without trying? Often that's a person about whom we could say, "the Holy Spirit is strong with this one."
The Holy Spirit is always with us, comforting us, guiding us, explaining to us what might otherwise be difficult or even impossible to understand. Explaining scripture, opening our hearts to God, discerning, giving us peace--these are all the work of the Holy Spirit. And here's the amazing thing, if we ask Jesus, if we ask God, to give us the Holy Spirit, to give us peace, understanding, discernment, or comfort through the Holy Spirit, we can be assured that God will. Jesus tells us, "you may ask anything in my name and I will do it." Moreover, Jesus promises that God the Father will send the Holy Spirit to us. These are promises we can stand on. These are promises that can make a world of difference to us. These are promises that, like the force in Star Wars, can turn the tide of events.