You have noticed that moods of different sorts sometimes come over you. It is as if the body’s sensory abilities pick up changes in the direction of the mood-winds which press against us mentally. If you do not catch yourself, you will loose your balance. You will move from a good mood to a bad mood.
Jesus prepared his disciples for his great exit from planet earth at the time of his resurrection from a tomb three days after his death by Roman capital punishment. One of the key statements he made to them was, “I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you” (John 14:18). Jesus, like a parent departing this earth, left us a replacement.
A couple sentences earlier, Jesus uses a descriptor for the One who comes after He leaves. “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever” (Christian Standard Version of the Bible). The word for “counselor” in the language the recorder of this conversation used meant “one who comes along side to help.” Sometimes it is translated “Helper” (New American Standard Bible). The word carries the idea of “advocate”. Jesus made it clear that he was talking about the Holy Spirit which is Jesus coming along side of us — sometimes described as entering in us (v17, 20, 26).
There is therefore a Spirit of peace and stability within us in the person of Jesus. If we turn our focus away from the outside stimuli that would unsettle us and onto the Spirit of Jesus within us then we will catch our bearing. Relying on Jesus is like being stabilized by strong tent lines leading to solidly grounded stakes in a firm foundation of earth. Nothing can come of this change in mood. Peace flows like a river settling our nerves and calming our body. Then the ill wind dies down and the closeness of our dear Friend Jesus with his warm presence overshadows the unsettling messages we sometimes get from our imagination.
“This is what the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel says:
‘I am the LORD your God,
who teaches you for your benefit,
who leads you in the way you should go.
If only you had paid attention….
Then your peace would have been like a river,
and your righteousness like the waves of the sea’”.
Stephen Williams, January 18, 2021