Day 45

The Promised Counselor

John 15:26-27, John 16:1-33, Joel 2:28-29

BY Abby Flynn

I once had a job where I was hired to sit in an office all day on behalf of my boss, who lived on the other side of the country. For a whole year, I acted as the mediator and stand-in for my boss in situations where she couldn’t be physically present. There were a lot of relaying messages and “Let me get back to you.” And while it wasn’t the most exciting position I’ve ever had, I was just grateful it paid the bills! 

This random part of my job history came to mind as I read from John 15 and 16 today. Jesus had been talking with His disciples about all the things to come. The disciples who walked with Jesus had always known Him in His physical form. I’m sure it was hard to imagine any other situation.

However, with the coming of the promised Counselor, He says He will always be with them but not in the way they would expect (John 16:7). 

“When the Counselor comes, the one I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father—he will testify about me.” 
—John 15:26

Can you imagine the confusion and fear they probably felt as they tried to understand that things would no longer be the way they’d always been? Jesus was a friend and their guide—the One who told them what to do, where to go, and when!

They had not yet experienced the joy of the Holy Spirit. He would speak God’s truth, even when Jesus was no longer physically present. 

In the same way, the power of the Holy Spirit today is available to all of God’s people at all times. But don’t we so often forget the Spirit’s power? I forget that we have a Counselor who speaks on our behalf. A Counselor who is present with us (John 16:7), who convicts us about sin (v.8), and who declares to us what He hears from the Lord (v.13). 

Today’s reading reminds us that we will both endure pain here on earth and reap eternal blessings with God (vv.22–24)! Suffering in our world is inevitable. But God has already defeated the darkness of this world, and as He has overcome the world, He strengthens us to face it today (John 16:33). 

The blessing of the Holy Spirit—God’s presence living in us—is for all God’s people! We don’t deserve to have this close access to God and His Spirit, but He gives of Himself freely anyway.

Thank you, Lord, for your incredible gift of yourself!

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30 thoughts on "The Promised Counselor"

  1. Karen Johansen says:

    Kelly, Thank you for this reminder. As I pray earnestly for my wayward daughter, you have been an encouragement to me this morning.

  2. Sarah D. says:

    Thankful for the Spirit who lives in us and is with us always. Praying that I would praying without ceasing throughout my day.
    Back to work this week with the new, later shift. Trying to keep positive, but every day feels like a mental battle. Part of me just wants to put in my two weeks even though I don’t have another job lined up. Would love you continued prayers! The end of last week was hard with the dating relationship ending and not hearing anything back yet on the jobs I applied for. Thankful for time with family this past weekend and thankful for Holy week. Fixing my eyes on Christ.

  3. Michelle Patire says:

    Amen, @Kelly (Neo)!!!

  4. Kristen says:

    Amen@Kelly Neo. By His mercy, May they come to know.

  5. Aimee D-R says:

    Father God, thank You for Jesus. Thank you for the Holy Spirit. Fill me afresh today! I want to hear and head Yoir voice. I need you. Amen.

  6. Taylor says:

    So thankful for the Holy Spirit that lives in us! I pray we would feel the nearness of God today and live out of the power that we are equipped with!

    Today is my two-year anniversary of being an occupational therapist :) We had such gorgeous weather in Delaware yesterday and I was able to take 6/7 patients outside yesterday! Everyone loved the sunshine and the cool breeze, and it made me so thankful for how I get to impact lives every day. I pray everyone has a blessed Wednesday <3

  7. Chloe Hayes says:

    Thank you Jesus❣️

  8. Mikaela Lodahl says:

    Holy Spirit guides us into all truth and declares to us the things that are to come. Our wonderful Counselor! Thanks be to God!

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