If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more. Job 9:33-34
A mediator is one who stands between two people who are opposing each other, in order to work something out between the two. It is always someone who can fully understand both sides of the argument.
It is common for people to get a mediator to help them solve disputes. The mediator will find some common ground between the two to build both up and bring them together.
Without a mediator, it can be very difficult for two parties to come to an agreement. Often they will not see the common ground, because both are so close to the dispute that all they see is their side and not the other side.
As Job was suffering and not understanding why he was suffering, he desired to have a mediator between him and God. He felt as though God was totally against Him and would not listen to him at all. Job thought that he was being punished for doing some wrong, while he could not remember doing any wrong. He needed help.
Every person has sinned against God and has a death penalty judgement placed upon them. In order to get out from under that death penalty, each person needs a mediator to stand between him and God.
God in His infinite love and wisdom knew that and provided a mediator. Jesus came to this earth to be the mediator between man and God. He would pay the penalty fees and present each person as pure and holy, no longer guilty. At that point a person can boldly approach God in all of His holiness.
Jesus can be your mediator between you and God. He is willing to stand between you and God and present your case. He has paid the price for your sins and made you holy unto God.
He can also give you peace when you are suffering and do not know why. Suffering is not always the result of personal sin. It can be the sin of others or the testing of God. Job had suffered, not because of sin, but because God was proving him, testing him.
Having a mediator will give you the needed peace that you are still in good standing with God. Go to the mediator God has provided and know God’s great love for you.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know you can go boldly before God through Jesus; and that you will trust God’s work in your life.
With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD: “He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid. Ezra 3:11
The foundation of the house is one of the most important parts of the building it. It is the foundation that holds the rest of the house up. It must be strong and well built to endure. If the foundation is weak, the house will fall.
There is always a lot of excitement in the beginning of building a new building, whether it is a house or a business. Many times people hold a great celebration with the breaking of the ground to begin laying the foundation. It is the end of a lot of planning and designing and the beginning of the actual building process.
The Israelites had been put into captivity in Persia, but the king allowed them to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple that had been destroyed. As they laid the foundation, all the people rejoiced very loudly. They were excited at the idea of the temple being rebuilt. It showed them that God was still with them despite what had occurred. It represented the foundation of God in their lives and nation.
Since then the foundation and temple has changed. People are the temple and it is no longer a physical foundation, but one that is built upon Jesus Christ. His death and resurrection is the foundation of the new temple, the heart and life of a person.
Every time a person turns to Jesus, all of heaven is rejoicing in the salvation being done. There is also great rejoicing when a believer, who has strayed away, turns back to Jesus. His foundation is being re-set. The life is no longer built on the shifting foundation of this world and sin, but upon Jesus Christ and His righteousness.
Now is the time to build your foundation of your life on Jesus Christ. If you have never built the foundation, you can start now. If you had built it on Jesus, but let it fall in disrepair, you can return to Jesus and have it rebuilt. Allow your entire life to be built on Jesus and His teachings. It is a firm foundation that will stand for all eternity.
As the foundation is built in your life, rejoice greatly, because God is with you. His love endures forever and He is good.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your life will be built upon the foundation of Jesus; that you will know the joy of serving God; and that you will know God’s love and presence in your life.