Trust the Intercessor

A devotion on Romans 8:33-34

Who could bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, yes rather, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
–Romans 8:33-34

When I was little, someone at my church asked a group of my friends and me what we were most afraid of.

Some people said spiders or heights, but someone else said they were most afraid of not going to heaven.

Everyone got quiet. That certainly was the scariest thing I could think of.

The person who had asked assured us that God loves us, so there was nothing to be afraid of, but the thought still bothered me.

It can be hard to trust God when we don’t understand what’s going on. But we can be assured that He hasn’t left us because He promised He wouldn’t. Furthermore, Jesus is always there, pleading our cases before the Father.

“It is Christ who died, yes rather, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us,” Paul reminds us in this verse.

Sometimes we can’t trust our circumstances or our feelings, or even the people around us. But we can always trust God’s word.

When things get difficult, or painful, and you don’t understand what’s going on, trust that Jesus is there with you. He loves you. He talks to God about you, and He will get you through.

Prayer

Dear loving God, Thank You for being with me through good times and bad. I will forever cling to You and Your promises. Thank You for sending Jesus to intercede with You on my behalf. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Reflection

How does knowing that Jesus intercedes for me affect the way I pray?