On Tuesday, this week, an unusual question came up at our ladies Bible Study. "Do you think promises in the Bible are hard to recognize?" We agreed that sometimes they do seem hidden and we tend to read right over them without stopping to thank God for his marvelous promises in his Word.
With this question still fresh on my mind, I considered what I felt to be God's best promise for me, personally. I found my answer in John 14:26. It is a promise that I rely on every day of my life. It is a promise that brings me peace and assurance. It is a promise that has kept me from sin. It is a promise that has kept me on the path that God has for my life. It is the promise of the Comforter or the Holy Spirit.
In John Chapter 14, Jesus is explaining the role of the Comforter; which in the Greek is parakletos, meaning "called alongside". It is through the Comforter that Jesus continues his ministry here on earth, by walking alongside every believer. In this loving relationship we abide in Christ and Christ abides in us and we abide in the Father and it is through this abiding relationship that Christ makes himself known to us. This unique and wonderful experience is only for those who love Christ and obey him.
Look again at verse 26. Christ promises us that the Holy Spirit will teach us all things and he will remind us of all the things that Jesus said. You can see why I would count this as one of my favorite promises. I cannot even count the times the Holy Spirit has spoken to me through this exciting, abiding relationship. A thought from out of nowhere urges me - "Call your parents". A gentle nudge prompts me- "Pray about this." A recollection from long ago reminds me- "I answered that prayer." A timely suggestion directs me- "Forgive them and love them."
How does one experience this promise for himself? In Acts 2:38-39, Peter is preaching on the Day of Pentecost, Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord shall call.
God's Word is filled with precious promises and I can hardly wait to discover another one.