Have you ever felt the comfort of the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit manifests the attributes of God in our lives. He can give us peace when peace is beyond understanding, and hope in the middle of crisis.
Our world is experiencing great uncertainty due to COVID-19. I write this from California where on March 19th, the governor announced a mandatory shelter-in-place for millions of Americans.
My heart aches for people who are suffering: those who are sick, separated from family, facing the death of a loved one, or the sudden loss of income. I pray for the health care providers who work around the clock to care for the sick, grocery store employees who keep shelves stocked, and everyone else providing necessary goods and services in our country right now.
Even though many of us are isolated from others, we are not isolated from God. We will never be quarantined from God!
We hold onto these truths and promises when we feel anxious about the unknown future.
God Will Never Leave us
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever” (John 14:16 NIV).
I find great comfort knowing Jesus is always with me. We can be assured that no matter what happens on this earth, we will walk through it with Jesus.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (Isaiah 43:2).
Read this post if you want to know more about who the Holy Spirit is. The stores may be depleted of supplies, but God’s presence and love for us will never run empty.
“May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant” (Psalm 119:76).
We Have An Eternal Purpose
When I think about my mortality, I’m comforted by the knowledge that my life on earth has an eternal purpose. Every person who believes in Jesus is sealed with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our guarantee that heaven awaits us when we die.
“A seal is a mark of indentification that was placed on a letter, contract, or other important document. The document was thereby officially identified with and under the authority of the person to whom the signet belonged.”
Read this post to learn about why God gives Christians the gift of the Holy Spirit. Every person who believes in Jesus Christ is a child of God.
“In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1: 13-14).
Paul said in his letter to the Philippians, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me” (21-22). When we dedicate our lives to helping others know the joy salvation brings, we can find purpose in the trials we face on earth.
God’s Word Comforts Us
One of the ways God comforts us is through the Word of God, which is inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit helps us understand God’s word and speaks to our hearts as we read it.
“This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened (sustained) me” (Psalm 119:50 KJV).
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope” (Romans 15:4 NIV).
God’s word helps us to endure, encourages us, and gives us hope!
God Comforts Us Through Others
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV).
We are in this together. I love watching the videos of the Italians finding comfort as they sing together from their balconies. People are buying food for the elderly and giving away supplies. The internet has become a vital place where we can come together in prayer, watch sermons, and share our experiences. During times of crisis, we can show God’s comforting love to others.
God Comforts Us Through Prayer
During times of suffering it can be hard to find the words or will to pray. Did you know the Holy Spirit intercedes for you when you find it difficult to pray? What a beautiful promise!
“We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God” (Romans 8:26-27).
If God searches our hearts, then that means he cares about our hearts. He cares about what you are going through. One way to pray and process your thoughts is to keep a prayer journal. If your state is in lockdown, you may want to start a quarantine journal and write down your feelings, observations, and prayers. You can be confident that God hears your prayers.
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:19-23 NIV).
A Prayer For Comfort
Dear Lord, We pray for our nation in crisis right now. Comfort those who are sick in hospitals or at home. Some are anxious because they suspect they have COVID-19 but can’t get tested or fear they will get worse. Some husbands and wives, and mothers and children have been separated from one another. Be their comfort and strength. Lord, we pray for a vaccine to cure this disease. We pray that manufacturers of vital supplies would be able to rapidly increase production and distribution. Protect the healthcare professionals who are risking their lives and working around the clock to help care for their communities. Father, ease the anxiety of every person who has suddenly been forced to close their doors and lay off their employees… for those who have lost their jobs and wonder how they will pay the bills. For every worried spouse, parent, child, man or woman—you see their exact situation. Bring help where help is needed. Bring healing. Walk with us through these uncertain times. Make yourself known to us through the comfort of your Holy Spirit.