My Champion, My Friend
By Richard Sanders
“I’ve had all that I can take from your talk! What a bunch of miserable comforters! Is there no end to your windbag speeches? What’s your problem that you go on and on like this? If you were in my shoes, I could talk just like you. I could put together a terrific harangue and really let you have it! But I’d never do that. I’d console and comfort, make things better, not worse!” (Job 16:1-5 MSG)
You can hear the frustration in Job’s voice as he challenges those who were trying to comfort him through his particular difficulties.
Have you ever personally felt’s Job’s pain? Have you had times when you have been going through various circumstances and life events, only to have the situation made worse after seeking words of comfort and support and only been given opinions and platitudes!
So what do we do when we can’t get hold of trusted friends? What do we do when even sincere advice is either misguided or misunderstood?
“There must be someone in Heaven who knows the truth about me.”
The Bible tells us that we have an intercessor: mediator, a go-between, someone who will stand up for us, comfort and guide us when no one else can. Romans 8:34 encourages us and reminds us that Jesus is continually doing this for us!
So when life gets a bit tough, when things don’t seem to work out the way you thought it would, when those trusted friends can’t be found, always remember that Jesus promised to never leave you or abandon you (Hebrews 3:5) and remember to be a good friend when the roles are reversed and discover what Job did;
“There must be someone in Heaven who knows the truth about me, in highest heaven, some attorney who can clear my name – my champion, my friend, while I’m weeping my eyes out before God.” Job 16:19-20
Jesus is indeed our champion and our friend!