Our Advocate

 

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3-26-17

Do you ever have one of those days when you wake up late, the dog refuses to do his business as you’re walking him, and you leave your lunch on the counter in a rush to make it to work on time? Then it seems like the world fights against you all day long? I’ve had a couple of those lately. When I wanted to just sit down, throw my hands up in the air, and wait for someone to tell me that I could take a break from being an adult for a while. Then I feel even worse for feeling that way. With His lofty standards, what must God think of me?

There’s good news. Unfortunately it’s not that Christians don’t have those days. But when we do, God is ready for us. Actually, He expects us to have them, and He loves us in spite of them. Look at what John says:

“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous…” – I John 2:1

According to Strong’s concordance, the Greek word for advocate means a legal advisor who is close enough to the case to be able to make the right judgement and pleads for someone. Think about that. Jesus, who left Heaven knowing He would die for imperfect people, is keeping tabs on us closely enough that we have one of those days, He steps in on our behalf.

That’s humbling. Not only does He not just immediately write us off, but He is waiting to help us. He understands what we are going through, because He was fully human while on Earth. “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)

So I can’t tell you that being a Christian means you won’t have Those Days. What I can tell you is that God already knows it will happen, and He is ready to defend you. Look to Him for your strength, and know that you’re not alone. I have them too. We all do. So chin up, and hang on for tomorrow.

May the Lord bless and keep you,

Heather

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