A Witness in Heaven

“Surely even now my witness is in heaven, and my evidence is on high.”—Job 16:19 (NKJV)
Have you ever wanted someone to speak up for you when you were being misrepresented or misunderstood? In the Bible there was such a man. 
Job was a man who loved God and was known for being a righteous man. One day Satan went to God and said that Job was righteous because God had kept him from suffering. Satan wanted to test Job to see if he would curse God when he began to feel pressure and hardships. God, knowing the heart of Job, (God searches the heart, and tests the mind . . .) allowed Satan to test him. Job remained faithful even when he lost his wealth and children, and was chastised by his friends. He understood that God gave him life, and if He chose, He could take away his life.
This happens today as well. We can go through hardships and wonder if we are still on God’s side because we feel more like His enemy in our suffering. We wonder who will speak up and vindicate us before God. We, like Job, want to have an audience before God to show our innocence. We cannot stand before Him in our own “righteousness.” Scripture tells us that our righteousness is like filthy rags to God. 
However, unlike Job, we have an Advocate, a witness in heaven. His name is Jesus Christ! Jesus entered the courts of heaven with the blood of His own sacrifice and He listens to our pleas. For those of us who have accepted Jesus as our Savior, He pleads His own blood on our behalf, because we have acknowledged our guilt and have accepted His substitution for us. When Satan stands in accusation against us, we will truly understand the importance of Jesus as our Advocate. 
We couldn’t ask for more favor in the heavenly courts. With our Savior as our advocate, defense lawyer, and even the One who pays our debt, and with His own Father as Judge, Satan, the prosecutor, doesn’t stand a chance. Of course, he will try, and many times he will make us feel like there is no hope as we look back on our sin-stained lives. But, Jesus still stands as our High Priest and Advocate. 
Dig: Read Hebrews 9:24 and 1 Timothy 2:5 for additional Scriptures relating to Jesus as our witness and advocate before the Father.
Discover: What keeps you from asking Jesus to intercede for you? Pray and ask Him to help you seek His help in whatever situation you are in right now. 
Display: In Proverbs 31:8-9, we are called to speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves. Who can you be an advocate for in your community?  

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Anne Lunkins