Theos Pas Paraklesis – The God of All Comfort
When we face trouble, we often wonder why. Why did God let this happen? Why doesn’t He do something about it? How can He be good or big if He allows us to suffer heartache and tragedy?
These are hard questions.
Jesus Himself told us that in this world we would have troubles (John 16:33). The Apostle Paul explained that all of creation is groaning under the curse placed on it as a result of the fall of mankind through Adam, and it suffers, eagerly awaiting our full redemption (Romans 8:22-23). Times are tough. But Jesus also said to take heart because He has overcome the World. He has promised to come back for us. When He does, he will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death or mourning, crying or pain (Revelation 21:4).
Jesus didn’t leave us alone to mange in the meantime. He sent His Holy Spirit to be present with us, to come along side and to speak words of encouragement and consolation.
The Holy Spirit knows us intimately and never shares meaningless platitudes. I experienced this when my mother died. The Comforter grieved alongside me for a time as was appropriate, but when self-pity and bitterness showed up, He stepped in. I was reminded that for 30 years of my adult life, my mother had lived in another state and was often present only in spirit and memory. Never in that time did I doubt that she existed or that I would see her again. For now, she is out of sight, but the promise is just as certain that we will be together again. By just the right word at just the time I was ready to hear it, the Holy Spirit comforted and healed me.
God created a perfect world, and He will make it perfect again. In the meantime, He has given us His Name, His Word, His Blood and His Power to do battle against the enemy of our souls. He sent His Holy Spirit to guide, inspire, encourage, and comfort us. We are not alone.
What do these verses show you about the nature of God