We need a Comforter because we need to be comforted

Sometimes our world can be rocked like wind blowing against a dandelion where it feels like nothing of our life is left except the stem.

Have you ever picked up the phone only to have someone on the other end give you some “rock your world” news?  Perhaps it was news of an accident… a medical report… a death… an arrest… a confession…

In that single instant your world was shattered like a gust of wind against a dandelion where it feels like there’s nothing left except the stem.  It happens to most of us, if not all of us, at one time or another.  And, what did you do?  Panic? Cry?  Punch your fist at God?  Did you ask, “I’m a Christian, for goodness sake… how did God let this happen to me?”

May I encourage you to remain calm in the crisis.  Maybe it is because you are a Christ-follower that this has happened to you.  I’m not saying that God causes bad things to happen, but this world is full of weeds and thorns… and you’re going to get stuck from time to time.  Yes, God’s Holy Spirit surrounds you and protects you. But the Word also says the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, is a comforter.  Now why would we need a comforter if we didn’t ever need comforting?  God knew we would all go through seasons of great crisis.  We all need to be comforted when we are in a crisis.

Is your world being turned upside down right now?  Finances in a mess?  A diagnosis in a medical report?  A spouse calling it quits?  May I encourage you to lean into the Comforter.  Wrap yourself in His arms.  Let Him hold you.  It’s going to be all right.

And may I say this? If you are choosing to get wrapped up in non-Godly things to be your comfort, today is the day you can say, “Enough! I will rely only on God’s comfort.”

Jesus was a great comfort to those closest to Him.  And He told His disciples that when He left the earth, He would send another Comforter. John 14:16: And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Comforter to be with you forever – the Spirit of Truth.

The Spirit of Truth.  No matter what you may be going through, deep down, I believe you know this truth: God loves you and you are His.  He will bring you through this. He loves you and He will take care of you. Trust Him. Trust the truth the Comforter reveals.  You can rest in that. Even today.  Even in your crisis. Especially in your crisis.

© 2012. Rich Ronald.
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