The Holy Spirit Is ...


We mistakenly think the Holy Spirit is just for looks or show, and we never allow Him to truly comfort us when we’re exhausted or going through the storms of life.

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” -- John 14:16–17 (KJV)

A few years after Debbie and I got married, she wanted to buy a new comforter for our bed. We already had one that was handed down to us, and it was pretty worn out. After I got over the shock of how much a new comforter costs, we went and bought it. I still remember it because the new comforter was beautiful and looked like it was going to be really comfortable. In fact, I was looking forward to getting in bed all day. Then at bedtime, I got to the room and it looked like someone had stolen our new comforter. Debbie had removed the new comforter and put the old one back on. I said, “Where’s the new comforter?” She responded, “Oh that’s not for use, it’s just for looks.”

That’s when I learned there are certain things in our house that are just for display—put out to look nice—but never really used for anything other than decoration. Then there are other things that are actually used for their intended purpose, such as a comforter that provides warmth and comfort. Those are real comforters. The type of comforter that’s perfect after an especially long, hard day when you’re physically and emotionally exhausted. Isn’t it wonderful to wrap yourself up in your comforter and get some much-needed rest?

What many people don’t realize is that the Holy Spirit is our comforter. We mistakenly think He is just for looks or show, and we never allow Him to truly comfort us when we’re exhausted or going through the storms of life. He wants to be your comforter, your helper, and your friend.

Not only is the Holy Spirit your comforter, He is your God! The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one God with separate personalities. He is a person, and He is present to help you live the Christian life. He is there to give comfort, help, and friendship. Do you want to know the Holy Spirit like that? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal Himself to you today.


Holy Spirit, thank You for being my true comforter. I don’t want my relationship with You to be for show, I want to really know You. Reveal Yourself to me today. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 


  • John 14:1–31
  • John 15:26

Taken from The God I Never Knew, a Gateway devotion. 

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