In the last couple of devotionals I highlighted that the Holy Spirit is our Helper. Jesus said: “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever…” (John 14:16, ESV) In Greek, the word is Parakletos. It’s a word that is also translated as Counselor, Advocate and Comforter.
Yesterday we looked at two of these ideas. Today let’s look at two more.
First, the Holy Spirit—our Paraklete—is our Advocate. Think of having a legal advocate who speaks on your behalf before a Judge. This is the Holy Spirit for us in the divine realm.
Related to this is how the Spirit intercedes for us. Consider Romans 8:26: “the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” Are you tired, weary, or unsure? The Spirit intercedes for you before God, even in your stumbling, stammering prayers!
Second, the Holy Spirit is our Comforter. Think of when you are assured of God’s eternal peace and forgiveness, regardless of the craziness or chaos in your life. Think also about when you are feeling down but then turn a corner, or how you come across an uplifting word right when you need it. Thank you, Holy Spirit!
When it comes to matters of faith, we can sometimes conclude that it’s all about believing things and doing things. Don’t get me wrong; it is very important to believe and do certain things. But it’s also about receiving things—like the reassurance that God is working overtime for you behind the scenes as your Advocate and Comforter when you’re feeling exhausted, bruised or overwhelmed.
The Holy Spirit is within you, helping you for your good and God’s glory.
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.