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The Comforter

November 3, 2012

“And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” – John 14:16-17


You know, so many people view God as this distant, uncaring deity: as a God who is as far away as the stars and as cold and remote as far-flung galaxies. It’s difficult, I know, to believe that such an immense, all-powerful Being could possibly care about our day-to-day welfare, or be interested in the happenings of our lives; rationally, it would be like one of us showing love, interest, and devotion to a colony of ants. But the truth is that God does not operate on our rationale: it is even written that the wisdom of men is foolishness to God. Because, the truth is that God is only as near or as far away as as you put Him: He can be as distant as the constellations, or He can live within your own heart – all depending on where you wish Him to be.


Jesus said, “I will not leave you comfortless,” (John 14:18); because God is not human, just as we are not ants: we are His children, and co-heirs to His kingdom. He does love us – unconditionally, and it is His will that we find happiness, contentment, and salvation in this life, as it also His will is for us to find eternal victory in the next. The very same God who sent His only begotten Son to die on the cross at Calvary for our sins also sent to us the blessed comfort of His Holy Spirit; He sent Him so that we might overcome, endure, and be victorious over all this world of sin can throw at us! How could a God who gave such things to His children not love them beyond comprehension?


“For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth in Christ,” (II Cor. 1:5). For whatever we might suffer, Christ has suffered first and worse; and as He was victorious, so shall we be, also…if we can but put our trust in Him, and let the Holy Spirit lead us to that victory. Remember that our God knows what it is to be a man: to suffer trials, temptations, and pain…and more importantly, to overcome them all. The Spirit we share is the same Spirit that upheld Him through those times: if we allow Him, He can do the same for us.


For, as it so often is, it is a time of trouble: of want, of lack, of suffering and worry. Yet despite all this, the victory and glory of God remains in our lives; and if we can fight our way through the darkness, to press in through the crowd to touch the hem of His robe, we will see His grace working overtime. The comfort of His Holy Spirit will never abandon us, never flee, never dwindle: He is as constant and steadfast as God Himself. Let us cling to that comfort, and “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved,” (Psa. 55:22).


Remember today that “this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?” (I John 5:4-5), and that “he that endureth to the end shall be saved!” (Matt. 10:22). Remember also, that the endurance we need comes not from our own inner strength, but from the strength and truth that the comforting Spirit of God will reveal to us: for, “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you unto all truth.” (John 16:13)


So, for this day and every day hereafter, let us each find comfort and surcease from the trials of our life in the Spirit that our Lord has given us for that very purpose; and so that we, in turn, might comfort others in His name. Let Him guide us, protect us, and bless us as He was meant to do. Because God is not distant, or uncaring: He is right there with each of us – through the thick and the thin, the good and the bad – and He will never forsake us…though we may, at times, forsake Him. So, keep His Spirit close, and we will have all the comfort we will ever need.


“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” – II Cor. 1:3-4


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