Our Intercessor and Friend

image by Maraiya Storm

“My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend.” – Job 16:20-21

As our eyes pour out tears to God, Jesus is our intercessor and friend.  On our behalf, He pleads with the Father as a man pleads for his friend.

Because Jesus came and walked among us, lived a life absent of sin, submitted Himself wholly to our Father, suffered death in our place, was raised from the dead, and is now seated at God’s own right hand, He is able to act as our advocate.  He is our defender who dismisses every disobedient act; He covers our charge with Himself as we repent and ask for forgiveness for our faltering.  God sees not our sinful selves, rather He views us through the veil of His Son, declares us clean, and calls us His children.

God is always ready to hear our cry as we pour out our hearts to Him.  He may not come and calm the storm, but He will always calm the hearts of His kids, reminding us again that He is with us and will never leave us nor forsake us.

God is greater than our circumstance and always has a plan to use even the worst of our pain for the good of those who love Him.  If our hearts churn in chaos – we are to cry out to Christ.  When the wind whispers gently and we are grounded in grace – we are to worship Him.  He holds our heart and our hands as our Advocate and Friend, Redeemer and Righteous One.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we are always able to call on You.  Thank You that You have provided our perfect advocate and friend as part of Your plan when You sent Your Son to save us.  Forgive us for forgetting just how faithful You are when we are in the center of the storm.  Teach us to trust You as our advocate and attendant – for You will hold our hand and lead us through our times of trial.  Lead us to live in such a way that our light may shine brightly, even in the center of the storms.  May Your light in us, lead the lost to Your love everlasting.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

Use the Gift, Honor the Giver

photo by Danny N. Schweers

“For everyone who exalts himself with be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” – Luke 14:11

Humility is not a hiding of the gifts He gives, rather it is in granting all glory to the Giver.  Our perfect example of this is found in Jesus.  He came as an infant; into a stable He was born.  His life was lived  with an ordinary family that had been foretold of the significance of their Son.  Though He was the Son of God, He dwelled among those considered “undesirable”, He touched the “untouchable”, fed the hungry, healed the hurting, and washed the feet of His followers, all the while, giving credit and glory to God.  Jesus did great things as He healed and performed many miracles, yet He never sought glory for His giftings, rather He gave all honor to His Heavenly Father.   As Jesus lived a humble life on earth, walking in constant intentional obedience, He gained the very seat beside God the Father, in heaven.  Though He chose humility here, He was admonished and exalted in His eternal dwelling, by God Himself.

If we seek recognition or reward here, what will be left for heaven?  Though being seen and known can be nice, it is nothing when compared to the very thought of hearing His words in the heavenlies, saying, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”  Such reward is far greater than anything that could ever be found through self-seeking honor.

Remarkably, all that we are able to accomplish that is noteworthy in this life, is only by the grace of God.  Anything good that we are graced with the gift to do, ought to be done for the glory of God, who alone is worthy of all of our worship and praise.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You do give us great gifts.  Please help us to remember that all we have and all that we are, is only by Your grace.  Our very lives are the outpouring of Your loving kindness, and ought to be lived for Your glory.  Teach us to have a proper perspective of Your purpose and plan for our lives.  May we each utilize the gifts You have granted, and give all glory and honor to You.  Help us to be humble in all things, so that every ear may hear of Your glory and grace.  All praise to You, our Lord and King.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present