Today’s Scripture: Romans 8:22-27
I lift up my eyes to the hills–where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:1-2
All during my growing-up years, I was picked on by kids at school. I was small. I was weak. I was skinny. And I was always getting pushed around.
After graduation from high school in 1943, I joined the Marines. I was hoping they could toughen me up and help me learn how to hold my own. I always had a secret desire to be a rough-and-tumble guy. In fact, I even had a nickname picked out for myself–Nails. I always wanted to be known as “Nails” Eims, as in “There’s a guy tough as nails.” But my nickname in the Marines was Chick.
To hold my own in the tough outfit I was in, I made friends with the biggest, strongest, roughest guy in the battalion. Nobody picked on me because they knew they would have to answer to my unofficial bodyguard, the one who was always ready to come alongside and help. And nobody wanted to tangle with him.
That is exactly what God has provided for the protection and ministry of His children. The apostle John referred to the Holy Spirit as the comforter, or helper. The word translated comforter and helper from the Greek is the word paraclete, which means the one who comes alongside to help.
Christian, do you see the significance of that? Since the day of Pentecost, there has never been a one-on-one witnessing situation. There can’t be, because the minute you begin to share Christ with someone, a third person–the Holy Spirit–comes alongside to speak to him and convict him of his need for Christ.
Lord, thank You for the Holy Spirit, my ever-present helper and comforter. Amen.
The Holy Spirit never leaves us to cope alone; He even perfects our prayers to the Father.