"Holy Comforter"

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Monday, May 16, 2022 comes to us from Mark Eshun of Central Region, Ghana

23 Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. 25 "All this I have spoken while I am still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:23-27 NIV

 

Holy Comforter

In the last moments Jesus spent with his disciples, he warned them about the persecutions ahead of them if they were to follow him. Jesus did not share this warning to discourage and frighten them but to build their faith and help them understand the journey ahead. Understanding our challenges can enable us to overcome them. I am proud to be able to testify to this truth. I have encountered many challenges in my life; but the only times I have been able to overcome them were when I understood the root of the problem and trusted in the Lord to help me through.


Knowing that it was not going to be an easy journey, Jesus assured the disciples that they would not be left alone; the Holy Spirit would be their comforter during difficult times, providing peace and consolation in the midst of struggle. This is the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives – to lesson our worry and to calm our fear. I believe that God wants us to know we are not alone – we have the Holy Spirit to comfort, teach, and renew our trust in God. We can trust God and watch for the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives.

 

Friends –

Jesus’ prophetic understanding of the times during which he was calling his disciples to follow him, reminds us that historic times often call for heroic measures. Jesus is reminding them and us that often it requires courage to serve even a gracious, forgiving, and always-loving God. This service can even bring fear into our hearts.

But, Mark Eshun reminds us that, even when our worst fears threaten to overcome us, God’s Holy Spirit is present with us, offering comfort and courage. So, we can trust in God’s Holy Spirit to protect and guide us in a faithful direction.

--Pastor bea

 
Prayer:

Dear God, we are grateful for the Holy Spirit, who helps us in the challenges we face. Thank you for the [peace only your Comforter can give. Amen.

--Mark Eshun


Prayer Focus:

Those who live with Constant Fear.


Thought for the Day:

In times of fear, I will turn to the Holy Spirit for comfort.

 

Jesus said, “It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you

John 16:7 (KJV)