God our Father, Friend and Helper – Part 4
“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.” (John 16:7 ESV)
Now that we’re Christians, we have a heavenly Father who loves us; and in Jesus we have a friend who will never walk out on us. But that isn’t the end. When he was about to leave this earth, Jesus promised that he would send us the Holy Spirit —the third person of the Trinity. The word used in the Greek, “Paraclete,” has been translated in different ways in different Bible versions; but, essentially, it means “one who comes alongside you to give you assistance.”
The truth is that we need help every day, because life’s journey has a lot of bends and trials and mountains and valleys. The Holy Spirit is the one who comes alongside us and says, “I’m going to help you. Come on, you’re going to walk. You can do this, because I’m going to be your strength. And if you start to fall, I’m going to hold you up. You can lean on me.”
At this very moment, he is ready to help you in new ways with fresh grace, fresh faith, strength, direction… whatever you need. So don’t try to tough it out, saying, “I’ll get through this on my own.” Just fall at his feet and say, “Holy Spirit, I need your help!” No matter what you are going through, he’s there.
Let’s pray: “Lord, please renew us today in our minds and in our hearts so that we can walk close to you, enjoying the love you have for us as our heavenly father; enjoying the friendship you offer us as our Lord and Savior; and receiving the help and comfort that your Holy Spirit gives us on our life’s journey. Thank you, Father. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Read John 16:5-15.