You Have an Advocate
Do you ever feel tired of fighting? Or that nobody else is coming to bat for you? That nobody else wants to step up and show up and fight for you or alongside you? Sometimes, not even yourself??
Maybe you feel so lost that fighting really hasn’t even been a thing for a while. It’s more like surviving. Getting through the next day, the next lonely lunch break, the next long night, the next are you okay? How are you? conversation? You’re not alone.
Sometimes isolation and cutting ourselves off can feel like the right choice and it can feel almost comforting and familiar at times. It’s definitely easier than doing any kind of alternative. But, as much as it feels like a familiar friend to go to, it’s not really a friend. It’s the enemy getting you alone and once he does that, his job becomes pretty easy. Self-sabotage comes flying in, doubt, anger, comparison, uncertainty and past hurts and mistakes surround you and his job is done. We tend to even finish it for him sometimes.
While I want you to know you’re not alone, I also want you to know there is hope and there is a way forward out of the fog and loneliness. Out of the tiredness and slump of feeling stuck and not able to move out of it.
If anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father- Jesus Christ the righteous one. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. - 1 John Chapter 2:1-2
Did you feel a little weight fall off your shoulders? A little sense of relief from somewhere inside of you? You have an advocate. You have someone on your side even when you’re not even on your side and it feels like the rest of the world isn’t either. He shows up. He stands up and brings the weapons it takes to fight for us. In Greek, advocate can meen helper. And the typical dictionary definition of advocate is publicly supporting or recommending someone or something. In this case, you.
In a world full of fighting and even just the ability our minds have to make war in our mind, let Someone fight for you. And the cool thing is that God isn’t just limited in how he shows up to you but he has the ability to bring people alongside you who are listening to him even when you may not be or don’t know how yet. When someone shows up in your messages checking in or offering to meet or make you food. When a stranger pays for your meal, when the sun shines down in the middle of the bitter cold winter and warms your face and fills you up enough to take another step forward.
He has so many ways of fighting for you. Let him.