“…but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore, He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them (Hebrews 7:24,25).”
This morning, a little after dawn, I was driving by the pasture near our home. Some of the horses at the stable there were out early, grazing in the grass. As the sun came up, the surrounding mountains came into view.
People were out beginning to be out and about. Some were jogging. One dapper looking gentleman walked out of his front door and down his walk. As I sit here in one of the local coffee shops, men obviously headed off for work are coming in for their morning cup of Joe.
Life has a certain rhythm. We just expect things to happen. The sun comes up in the morning, and it sets in the evening. The moon and the stars come out at night.
Sometimes the rhythm is broken. For example, this morning my newspaper was not in its tube. The first question in my mind was,”What happened to my reliable newspaper carrier?”.
I expect my newspaper to be in its box, but the Bible tells me something: I can’t put God in one. He doesn’t necessarily do everything according to a certain beat. God has His own ways and methods.
From a human point of view, He can seem capricious, unknowable. One minute we are praising Him for his grace, forgiveness and goodness to us (Psalm 65:1-5), and the next moment we are fearing Him and His actions in our lives (Job 9:11-18).
Some things God has set in motion and doesn’t change, like the cycles of the sun and moon. However, although death is an inevitable event, He doesn’t let us know when it is coming. We might know that the sun will rise in the morning, but we surely don’t know when we or our loved ones will pass on (Ecclesiastes 9:12).
Is it any wonder that Solomon threw his hands up in the air and cried,”Meaningless! Meaningless! Everything is meaningless (Ecclesiastes 12:8)!”. We can’t control anything, at least anything that matters.
Oh, we want to and we try. I once regularly passed a motorist on the way to work who had a license plate that read,”I control this!”. He at least got some satisfaction from thinking he ruled over his vehicle.
But we can’t rule over God. Job saw that he couldn’t deal on equal terms with such an awesome Personage, and wished for a mediator
Said Job, “If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more. Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with me, I cannot (Job 9:33-35).”
Oh, but Job, there is! He didn’t have a clear picture of the person of Jesus Christ. He is the mediator between God and man (I Timothy 2:5). What is more, wonder of wonders, it is God the Father, our seemingly impulsive deity, who set the whole process up. He arranged the whole thing out of His love (John 3:16,17).
The old hymn expresses how God the Son changed matters.
“What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!”
Now, we can speak up, express ourselves to God without fear. We can talk to Jesus, the God-Man. He knows us because He is one of us. Yet, He knows God the Father because He is part of the Godhead, the Trinity.
We may not be able to control God (and who would want to since He is loving and perfect?), but we surely have access to Him through Jesus. He listens to Jesus, who listens to us.
It’s nice to have a flesh and blood friend to be our advocate before God. The fear melts away when we go to Jesus with our concerns. He’ll plead our case before a loving Father.