May 24 – He Promised…
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 14:24-15:35 / John 14:1-31 / Proverbs 12:28-13:9
We all go through times of dramatic change. The death of a loved one, marriage, a job transfer, or relocating to another place brings a great deal of adjustment and grief. We find it difficult to function and survive those difficult life transitions. The disciples were about to experience a time that would completely shake their world. Jesus forewarned them of His death and told them not to be “troubled”.
He assured them they would be together again; He was preparing an eternal place for them. They certainly did not understand His heavenly plan because their eyes were blinded to His crucifixion. Here in John 14, Jesus repeatedly comforted them with words of hope and promise.
In His absence, He promised them another Counselor that would be with them forever. The Spirit that was currently with them would soon indwell them, bringing comfort, assurance, and provision in their lives. Jesus would not leave them alone in the world without His promised presence.
The coming Spirit would also teach them all things and remind them of Christ’s words. This dimension of the Holy Spirit would bring insight, discernment, empowerment and peace not found or provided by the world. Jesus was promising supernatural peace, power and presence.
I am thankful we have the peace, power and presence of The Holy Spirit with us today! When we “reach the end of our rope”, or “don’t know which way is up”, or “feel lost”, we can look to the indwelling Spirit. Are you troubled? Look up to Him in prayer but don’t forget to look within, you will find everything that you need…He Promised!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!