"I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." (John 14:18)
He left us, and yet we are not left orphans. He is our comfort, and He is gone; but we are
not comfortless. Our comfort is that He will come to us, and this is consolation enough to
sustain us through His prolonged absence. Jesus is already on His way: He says, "I
come quickly": He rides posthaste toward us. He says, "I will come": and
none can prevent His coming, or put it back for a quarter of an hour. He specially says,
"I will come to you"; and so He will. His coming is specially to and for His own
people. This is meant to be their present comfort while they mourn that the Bridegroom
doth not yet appear.
When we lose the joyful sense of His presence we mourn, but we may not sorrow as if there
were no hope. Our Lord in a little wrath has hid Himself from us for a moment, but He will
return in full favor. He leaves us in a sense, but only in a sense. When He withdraws, He
leaves a pledge behind that He will return. O Lord, come quickly! There is no life in this
earthly existence if Thou be gone. We sigh for the return of Thy sweet smile. When wilt
Thou come unto us? We are sure Thou wilt appear; but be Thou like a roe, or a young hart.
Make no tarrying, O our God!