“As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem. And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the Lord shall be known toward his servants” (Isaiah 66:13-14).
Let me ask you a question: How long will a teacher stick by a stubborn, obstinate student who refuses to heed advice? Not very long! The prophet Isaiah takes one of the highest images possible among men—that of a mother’s love for her child—and shows us something of the love that our Father has for us.
One mother in our church takes a whole day to visit her son in an upstate prison. She gets on a bus and rides for hours, just to see him for a short while. Such a mother will look across at her son in that drab uniform and see the agony in his eyes—and each trip she will die a little more inside. But she never quits on him. He is still her son and she loves him!
This is the kind of love the Holy Spirit wants you to know that God has for you! He comforts us by telling us, “You once said you gave your all to Jesus. You gave Him your love, and He still loves you. And now, neither will I let you go. I have been sent by Him to do a work and I will keep doing it!”
There is no true comfort for anyone on this earth except that of the Holy Spirit. This is why you need Him abiding in you. He alone can lay you down at night, as in a warm bed, and fill your heart with perfect peace. He alone can truly comfort you in times of pain and sorrow. He is the one who will assure you, “This comfort is not just temporary—it is eternal!”