How we view God is critical to our relationship with Him. But equally important is what we understand about how God views us!
Like a lot of people I know, I grew up with an image of God as an impossible-to-please task master who barely tolerated us and was always ready to smack us on the hand (or worse) when we made a mistake or stepped out of line.
We are told in Scripture to “fear the Lord” because He is God, but the kind of fear I walked in was not healthy or intended by God. As Mark Batterson puts it:
Ultimately, the only thing we ought to fear is living outside the umbrella of His authority. Nothing fills you with holy confidence like knowing that God Himself is your advocate. You don’t have to take matters into your own hands, because they are in the hands of God Almighty. You can bless those who curse you. You can pray for those who persecute you. You can love your enemies. Why? Simply because you know that God is your advocate. ~ Excerpted from Soulprint by Mark Batterson
Advocate: supporter, backer, promoter, believer, activist, campaigner, sponsor, encourager, one in favor of another…
God is our loving Creator who delights in us and is always there for us. No one on the face of this earth can fill that same role!
If God is for us, who can ever be against us? ~ Romans 8:31b
As we give ourselves to participate in His unfolding story of grace and truth we can have confidence that we face nothing alone! He is always with us and for us!
He is our divine Advocate!