“I will ask the Father, & he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. . . you know him for he lives with you & will be in you” (John 14:16,17)
Recently I have been greatly burdened by the sufferings of some of my fellow believers. As I have been praying for God’s Spirit to sustain them, I thought of the Holy Spirit’s work in my own life, & how pain & illness have brought me a new awareness of & relationship with the Him.
In difficult times, the Holy Spirit brings an appropriate Scripture song or verse to mind. In moments of extreme pain, He brings endurance & encouragement. When grieving the losses of abilities or loved ones, He reminds me that my eternal future will be filled with glorious activity & freedom from partings.
When I need to make decisions concerning my health or circumstances, the Holy Spirit gives wisdom & insight, either directly, through others, or through His Word. When growth & change come in to my life, He gives me the assurance that God’s grace will be sufficient to h&le them. When I am pulled down into the mire of depression, He prompts me to reach out to others rather than dwelling on myself.
I cannot imagine going through life – particularly one of pain & suffering –without the wonderful presence of the Holy Spirit. Living on this side of the cross, we have His presence on a continual basis. He is a special gift from the Father & the Son to help us through this earthly life until we see our Lord face to face. I am sure His work will not end then, & it will be exciting to see His ministry throughout eternity. For now however, we can rejoice in knowing that wherever we go & whatever we are experiencing, His presence is with us continually.
Prayer: O Lord, thank you that You have not left me comfortless in this life, but have given me the wonderful indwelling of the Holy Spirit living in & through me. Whatever I face in this life, I know that Your Spirit is with me, holding me fast. Amen.
About the Author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in VA & is blessed to have the support & encouragement of a wonderful husb& & three grown daughters. God’s grace & strength give her the ability to deal with chronic back pain, depression, headaches, & fibromyalgia. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org & view her blog of devotionals at www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com.