““If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever-”” John 14:15-16 (NKJV)
Jesus’ words here were intended to be of great comfort to all Christians; never more-so than to those of us who live in the turmoil of today’s world. We have this promise (written in Red) of One Who will always be with us; not as visitor but as One Who lives within us to give us of His wisdom in all things. I am troubled by the many errant ideas about the Holy Spirit’s role in our lives; too often we see Him as our attack dog, leashed and following along behind ready to do our bidding; or, we see Him as being a Divine visitor, showing up at those times of extraordinary need when we have been earnestly in prayer. Some see Him as the One Who will take full control of every aspect of life and give them the freedom to live irresponsibly expecting Him to make it right. We have all heard the saying “if God is your co-pilot you’re in the wrong seat”, indicating that we should let Him drive; the truth is that He doesn’t drive, He doesn’t take over, He doesn’t force us to do anything against our will and He will not affirm any conduct against God’s nature.
Remembering that the promise is for those who love Jesus; we must understand that this means those who continue to love Him; and for those faithful the Holy Spirit is present to be involved in every aspect of our lives. Not just in the really big things in life; not just in those moments of great trial or suffering or indecision; but in every moment of every day we have Him to rely on in making even the most basic of choices. He is so (if we allow Him to be) willing to guide us through life and all of it’s complications, and to help us in any way necessary to fulfill God’s purpose for that life. He is not here to help us fulfill our own purpose if it is contrary to His own. Sometimes the way He would have us follow might seem rocky or difficult; it has a purpose which can only be seen in hindsight; for those who love the Lord there is no other right path than the one on which the Spirit leads.
The Holy Spirit is not with us to necessarily make us happy on this earth; what Christian has not experienced (or will experience) grief and pain? He is present with us to make us holy; to declare Jesus to us and to strengthen our relationship with our Lord as we are moving through this world on our way to the “joy unspeakable” that is eternal life. Follow Him.
“I can almost hear the Trumpet”