Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you’ve needed a lawyer? Thankfully, few of us have (statistically speaking); also thankfully, lawyers are there when and if you need them. My experience with a lawyer was a very surprising one. I expected a lot of table-banging, and bible-swearing, and “you-can’t-handle-the-truth” moments. In reality, moving through the legal system (at least at the civil court level) is much more subdued. While you do need to swear on a Bible (which I found surprising in this post-modern age), all of those other expectations are simply just too sensational for real life. In the real world a lawyer is a bit of a jack-of-all-trades: he/she not only acts as the advocate for your position, but is also a comforter when things get a little hairy, and he/she is a provider of sound advice and wisdom.
“If only i knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling! I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments. I would find out what he would answer me, and consider what he would say to me. Would he vigorously oppose me? No, he would not press charges against me. There the upright can establish their innocence before him, and there I would be delivered forever from my judge” (Job 23:3-7, ASV)
In the Bible, Job was was man who needed a lawyer – he spends much of his titular role pleading for someone to represent his case to God (Job 23:1-7). He stands by his innocence and demands to know why his life has gone downhill in such an epic way. While Job eventually oversteps his limits by questioning God’s faithfulness, I’m sure that many of us can relate to how he felt in those moments. His core questions, pleading for an advocate, were the reflection of his heart – he was filled with pain, confusion, and fear (Job 16:18-21). But, in God’s response to Job, we see that he was building his promised Salvation – which we, ultimately are the benefactors of. (Take a peek at Job Job 28:23-28, Job 40:1-9, and Job 42:12a. How did God deal with Job’s questions? How was Job’s “case” resolved? What would you have done if you found yourself in Job’s shoes?)
Thankfully Job’s Old Testament pleadings were answered by the New Testament Gospel (1 John 2:1-2). Rather than needing to sanctify ourselves, God has provided His son to act as our advocate, and to plead our case before the throne of Heaven (1 Timothy 2:5). It seems almost unreal, but Jesus himself approaches the throne of God with YOUR NAME on his lips, and asks His Father to look mercifully towards you! (Romans 8:34). Can we pause for a moment and say “WOW GOD!”
“Who then is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died – more than that, who was raised – who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is INTERCEDING FOR US!” (Romans 8:34 ESV; emphasis added)
As if having an advocate isn’t enough, God has also provided us a comforter (John 14:16) and a place to go for wise counsel (John 14:26 and Proverbs 2:6-8) in the Holy Spirit. Even in our darkest hour, we are never alone, there is always someone to stand up for us. (Psalm 118:5-6).
So, in those moments when you start to feel like life is getting out of hand, or that you’ve been dealt an unfair lot, you can rest assured that you can turn to your Lord, your “Heavenly Lawyer”, your Hero, and know justice will be served and that ultimately God is on your side.