Do you trust the Bible to be true? Do you believe it is God’s Word? Do you believe that God cannot lie? (Titus 1:2) Then I have some good news for you.
I would not even hazard a guess about you, but there are times that I find myself in need of comfort. No matter how close we might be to another human, there are simply times when I need more comfort that a mere human can supply. As I have said before, there have been times when I was to the point that I did not even know how to pray..to find the words I needed to talk with God. You know what? God has handled that. Let’s investigate.
Jesus (another Who cannot lie) told us: And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever (John 14:16)…But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My Name, He shall teach you all things, (John 14:26)…But when the Comforter is come, Whom I shall send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth (John 15:26)…Nevertheless I tell you the truth; 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).
Jesus promised to send us a Holy Comforter. Jesus cannot lie. Therefore, we have received a Comforter. But how does that work? Romans 15:4 tells us that Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning that we, through patience and the comfort of the Scriptures, might have hope. The Holy Spirit, our Comforter, has given us all Scripture (II Timothy 3:16-17) so that we might know the Will of God, so that we might know what God wants us to do and what will be the reward of our obedience. It is through the comfort of the Scriptures that we can be assured that God will never leave us alone (Hebrews 13:5). It is through the Scriptures that we learn of the steadfast love of God and His patience and long-suffering toward mankind. When we are in a situation where we cannot pray because of our distress, it is the Holy Spirit, our Comforter, that makes intercession for us with groanings that cannot be uttered, telling God the Father what it is that we need. (Romans 8:26) The Holy Spirit is our “comfort of Love (Philippians 2:1).” If you believe in God and in the truth of His Word, there cannot possibly be a greater comfort than to realize that He has sent the Holy Spirit to be our own personal Comforter. You are never alone, for the Holy Spirit, the Holy Comforter, is always there, just as are God and Jesus.
Therefore, when you feel alone and forsaken, take heart. The Holy Spirit, that great Comforter, is always ready to lead you through the Scriptures. It is through Him that we can be comforted, knowing that God loves us and will never forsake us. All we need to do is to trust God and His Word, open the Bible and read what the Holy Comforter has inspired men to write down for us. After all, if the Scriptures are given by the inspiration of God (II Timothy 3:16-17) , and God has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness (II Peter 1:3), then the Scriptures, and the Holy Spirit, are the ultimate source of comfort in this life. I urge you to lay hold of that comfort in your life by studying your Bible