Give Thanks for the Helper, for Assurance
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. (John 14:16-17)
In this week of Thanksgiving, my heart is turned with gratitude toward the gift of the Holy Spirit. That God would send his Spirit to live in us and dwell with us — there aren’t many words for that! I feel compelled to worship with gratefulness, but I’m usually left speechless. Fortunately, because of the Holy Spirit, we don’t always have to have words.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26-27)
Sometimes, we are struggling for words. Our pain and grief are deep. The wounds in our life are so consuming that they can’t be expressed in words. We desire for someone to know the depths of where we are, but it cannot be uttered. In times like these, it’s okay to be without words. The Holy Spirit knows the language of our hearts, and He speaks on our behalf. And, His words are according to the will of God.
Sometimes, we are struggling for words of praise. Our gratitude is deep. The worship we want to express is so consuming that the Spirit speaks it for us with groans that words cannot express. We have longings for the day we will finally be adopted and set free from the wrongs of this world — the Spirit has words for those longings, too. He knows the language of our hearts.
As God gives the promise of the indwelling Holy Spirit and His intercession on our behalf in accordance with the will of God, He follows-up with more assurance: And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Give Thanks this week for all the ways God shows his love to us — sending us a Helper — His intercession on our behalf — His working of all things for our good. They are all for His purpose and His glory!
Read more from John Piper on The Spirit Helps us in our Weakness.