We’ve all heard it said that some people get a raw deal in life. But how do you get the good deal?
About ten years ago, my old girlfriend was looking to buy a car and I was helping her out. Aftr searching for a long time (too long a time), she noticed a car for sale by a private owner. She wasn’t comfortable going alone and so I went with her to help out.
We drove to a public spot to meet the seller and check out the car. After meeting the man and looking at the car thoroughly, we left and checked out some of its history. She decided she wanted to buy it.
“Can you come with me? I’m not good with the negotiating part, and I’m not comfortable with it. Could you do that part for me?” She wanted an advocate.
We went to the house and met with the seller and his wife. We chatted a little bit in the kitchen, and then the ladies went into the living room so the men could get down to the dirty work in.
Well about 15 minutes later we came out to the living room with no black eyes, no bloodshed, and with a deal done. My girlfriend came away with a nice car and an extra thousand dollars. She got a good deal. Why?
Because she had an advocate.
In the world, we meet up a lot of times with circumstances that are impossible for us to face ourselves. Broken politics, a broken Church, a broken family, a sinking society, dark news from the culture of death. How do we face it? How do we confront it all, as little and weak as we are on our own? How do we live in it and live sincerely and with happiness?
Well, if we give ourselves to the Lord, He will not leave us to ourselves. “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” (Jn 14:18)
He sends us the lawyer from Heaven to negotiate life in the world on our behalf.
He sends us His Spirit.
He sends us The Advocate.
“And when he comes, he will convince the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.” (Jn 16:8-11)
Then, we will get the good deal in life.