Posted by Merissa Vosloo

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever” John 14:16

There is nothing better than the rich aroma of a freshly brewed cup of caffeine in the morning. That first sip before the stresses and realities of the day hits like a freight train. What would we do if we had no coffee? Would we be able to survive the day? Would we still be able to sit through an entire Sunday morning service knowing that no caffeine is awaiting us? Would we still be able to do our work?

Are you depending more on God’s Spirit today or on coffee to get you through the stresses and struggles of today?

History reveals that there was a time when coffee was not around. The earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century. As good as coffee is, it is not meant to be our great helper. Draw your mind to the text above in John 4:16, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.”

The Holy Spirit, who is of the same essence as God the Son, will be our Helper for eternity. What an amazing truth! I remember one mission trip, it was above 50 degrees Celsius, and I do not cope well in heat. But I prayed, asking the Lord to help me and sustain me. How faithful He was to this request, I was finished every time I got back to camp, but when I went out to the mission field I felt renewed and energised beyond what any amount of caffeine could do. I was being helped by the great Helper – the Holy Spirit. Have you ever asked the Lord to give you strength and endurance to get through the day? If you have not, or you have not in a while, come before the Lord in humble prayer and He will be your Helper. What an awesome grace!

For it is possible to get through the day, the week, the year without coffee – and to simply rely on the Holy Spirit. King David, in a time of great distress, anxiety and no coffee wrote “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you” (Psalm 55:22). With all this said, we can still enjoy a good cup of coffee, as the song ‘Awakening’ by John Waller says “A whole lot of Jesus and a little caffeine.” As long as we do not displace the work of the Spirit in our lives for the sake of some caffeine – let the eternal, all powerful, God the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus described as our Helper (John 14:16) get you through today.

Prayer: Lord, help me to tenaciously hold onto you, to look to you to sustain me. Give me the humility and grace to live in freedom to cast my cares upon you and trust in your promises that my Helper will never forsake me. Let me not make coffee an idol.