” Holy Spirit, Comfort me! ” It should be a prayer or plea of ours any time night or day. And He is a promise from God, there to bring us comfort, and yes, joy, night or day. I was thinking of one of my favorite Bible stories, Joseph. When his brothers sold him, they brought back his coat of many colors and it was stained with blood, lying to Jacob, they said he was killed. Their father would not be comforted. I have never torn my clothes and poured ashes over my head, but I know the feeling.
He gives us beauty for those ashes, the oil of joy for mourning. The funny thing, though no laughing matter to Jacob at the time, was he had nothing to mourn, had he known the son’s lie, he could have went in search of Joseph. Now, this is funny too. God had a plan for Joseph, and allowed Jacob to believe that lie when he would not be comforted. I too, and you probably have believed lies when we were not comforted, maybe not that we would not be, but could not be, allowing our fears or worries to replace His presence and peace.
Or it could be that we were just not being obedient or yielding to the Spirit, but more likely, we just didn’t know or realize the power of a promise to be comforted, so let’s look at the comforter and let this be our prayer when we need it. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3. He comforts us like a mother in Isaiah 66:13. We are supposed to ask Him for comfort and comfort each other through trials, with His Word, our time and prayers, and of course, the Holy Spirit is the Comforter.
And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever. John 14:16, now please realize He had just given them a commandment to love, for them to keep it. He wants us to remain in Him and He in us, the world is in disobedience and cannot receive Him.
The Holy Spirit can only help you if you are receptive, doing your best to keep His word and be obedient. Worry and fear, arguing and strife, the constant confusion and chaos is not from God, the turmoil that attempts to disturb the peace He left us, is not His will. We must not grieve or hinder His work in our lives. And He is moving and working in ways we do not see.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said to you. John 14:26
Now, I love Bible Hub and reading the translations, some people like Bible Gateway. The Aramaic calls Him the Spirit of Holiness, so do you see how important the person and work of the Holy Spirit is? How important it is to walk in love and obedience to Christ? To seek and use the spiritual gifts He offers. Jesus paid a high price to redeem us. If we are so precious to Him, shouldn’t He be to us?
Some of the other names are the Greek, paraclete. Advocate, intercessor, helper and counselor. But what a wonderful comforter. In John 16:7, Jesus says He has to go so the Comforter will come. He even says it is better if He goes. He wanted the world to have the Holy Spirit to be inside them and to dwell in their hearts and spirits. He wanted the Spirit to pray for us. Romans 8:26
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall bear witness ( or testify ) of me. John 15:26 the Holy Spirit teaches us about Jesus helps us to read and understand the Bible, He will take you as far as you want to go or as deep in wisdom and knowledge. When you know His voice and have learned to discern it, you will hear His guidance in promptings and unctions, even words or thoughts you just know are Him, if not audible. And that has happened to some. Once again, the Aramic calls Him the Redeemer of the accursed.
Whether just a bad day at school or work, whether it is an illness, divorce, miscarriage or any number of things. A sleepless night or a lot of them, financial turmoil. He is there to comfort you. He is pouring out His Spirit in the latter days, He is here, and I thank God He is here, the Comforter has come. Rebecca Jones / Miguel Runa, thanks.