“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous” (I John 2:1).
Courtroom dramas are well known. There are often three principal actors. There is alwsys the defendant on one side with his accusers on the other end standing before a judge. To aid the defendent is an Advocate who is there to counsel and plead his case before the judge. Virtually every client feels assured and safe with an Advocate there to plead and defend his case.
As Believers in Christ we are privileged to have an Advocate who is there always standing to plead and defend our case. He is the Lord Jesus Christ! And why does he matter! First, most of us have desires and needs. The Advocate we have in Jesus takes them before God. Secondly, in life, there are always those intent on snatching what God has rightfully given us. These are the “accusers of the brethren”! But the Advocate we have who is Jesus stands before our God and defends our case to the shame of these agents of the enemy.
Today, should you find yourself in a difficult situatiion, where you have a pressing need and are faced with false accusations of those who want to snatch what God has given you, know there is an Advocate ready and quick to stand to your defence.
Never hesitate to call upon that Advocate of yours - the Lord Jesus in all situations. “Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory” ( Psalm 50: 15).
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, what a joy to know we have you as an Advocate who stands before our God up and ready to plead and defend our case to victory, and this we are thankful, this we pray in Jesus’s name.
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!