Day 16, Chapter 16
You may be aware of my writing project about comfort addiction. I’m exploring how easy it is to stay tucked within the boundaries of our self-defined comfort zones, thereby placing limits on what we will or will not do. It’s really a matter of control that lends us a sense of comfort. But what I’m learning (and exploring in my project) is that this pseudo comfort is no match for the real thing: God’s comfort.
True comfort is not found within our preset boundaries. Jesus explains that it’s found in God’s Spirit—I love the detail provided in The Amplified translation of John 16:7–11:
“However, I am telling you nothing but the truth when I say it is profitable (good, expedient, advantageous) for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you [into close fellowship with you]; but if I go away, I will send Him to you [to be in close fellowship with you].And when He comes, He will convict and convince the world and bring demonstration to it about sin and about righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God) and about judgment:About sin, because they do not believe in Me [trust in, rely on, and adhere to Me];about righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God), because I go to My Father, and you will see Me no longer;about judgment, because the ruler (evil genius, prince) of this world [Satan] is judged and condemned and sentence already is passed upon him.”
How I need that sort of comfort! He is the Comforter who is my:
Counselor: advising me what to do
Helper: assisting me at every turn
Advocate: championing my cause
Intercessor: praying on my behalf
Strengthener: fortifying me and making me strong
Standby: staying close, ready to act for me
Can you believe all that the Spirit does for us?! Today, I want to remember all that He is doing for me, much of which happens even though I am unaware of it. What a comfort that is to me, that God has provided exactly what I need—I don’t have to figure out where to find comfort, for the Comforter Himself is at the ready, willing to help me, already helping me even before I think to ask.
What is God teaching you in today’s virtual study? Share in the comments or via social media (tag me!).
If you missed Days 1–16, no worries! Start with us tomorrow for Day 17, Chapter 17. All are welcome!