When we're wrongly accused.
When we want to defend ourselves.
When we feel mistreated.
When someone doubts us.
When someone speaks ill of us.
When someone misunderstands us.
When someone mistreats us.
When someone believes negative information about us.
When we want to explain why we took a certain course of action.
When we want to persuade somebody to take our side.
When we're helpless.
Christ is our advocate always--incessantly working for His glorious purpose and our good.
I usually think of Christ as our advocate before God. Lately, I'm learning Christ is just as much our advocate before others.
God reminded me of this recently when I wanted to defend or explain myself, but felt God prompting me to let Him handle the situation instead.
There are certainly times we're called to explain or defend. But maybe there are also times we're called to be silent, instead humbly trusting our Advocate is at work.
It's tough to discern those times and even tougher to be obedient during those times when I want to make my case. Trusting the Holy Spirit to make my case is getting easier as I understand what exactly that means.
Advocate (noun) - one that pleads the cause of another.
One that defends.
One that supports.
This greatly resonates with me because being an advocate is the central role of an attorney. In the legal world, there are certain names of successful attorneys you don't want to see on the opposing side because you know that attorney will kick tail for her client. I liken Jesus Christ to that successful attorney you don't want to see on the opposing side. But Jesus Christ is always on our side, working all things for His glory and the good of those who love Him.
In my circumstances, I'm learning the Holy Spirit can often make my case far better without my voice. Sometimes this means relinquishing control of what exactly that case should be. Maybe you can relate.
"And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever. . ." John 14:16 (NIV).
"Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel." Daniel 1:9 (NIV).
"And we know that in all things God is working for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 (NIV).
"Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high. My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend." Job 16:19-21 (NIV).
"You will lie down with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor." Job 11:19 (NIV).
In lieu of coffee art, my husband forced me to rep his favorite team. This is a desperate plea for affection from a current football widow. Happy game day. ;)
Much love to you,