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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Does the Lord really understand and care about my struggles?

The writer of Hebrews was making a case for Jesus as Lord over all heaven and earth. The Hebrews (Jews) were deeply entrenched in the ceremonial law along with the duty of the high priest. It was the high priest’s job to enter the holy of holies and make atonement for the nation of Israel. The high priest was to represent the people of God. The writer of Hebrews then correlates this position to Jesus, our definitive High Priest, who has entered heaven, making atonement for our sins, but just as importantly, representing mankind. Just as the earthly high priest was, “… able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray…” (Heb. 5:2a), Jesus too, our heavenly High Priest is able to do the same. He is able to do this, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are yet was without sin.” Heb. 4:15. As such the writer then concludes this thought in verse 16, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

You may not feel this when the pain and struggles of life overtake you. Even so, this truth is one upon which you can stand.  For Christ himself empathizes and understands your feelings. Why? Because He too was tempted just as we are. He too met the same challenges as you or I. He grieved as when he considered the lost condition of Israel. He shed tears upon the death of Lazarus and the anguish of those around him. He cried out to his heavenly Father during his own time of need.  He too patiently endured during his time of pain and anguish.

Since the sinless Jesus was tempted just as we are, he also was able to overcome the temptation. Having the Spirit of Christ residing within those who have received Christ as Savior, we too have the ability and power to say “no” to temptation. This is our hope by which we wait patiently for the Lord’s work within us. Paul writes this in Romans 8:26, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” All of us have had those moments of trials where we did not know what to do or pray. These verses from Romans and Hebrews, along with many more, can reassure us that our troubles have not gone without notice. Christ knows and understands our condition. Our job, then, is to wait patiently upon our Savior while we seek to know Him more and more.  We can begin to understand the human side of Christ as well as His sovereign power, omniscience, and ability to see us through and overcome life’s most difficult challenges.

Since the Lord knows and understands our struggles, He has not left us without resources to see us through those times of need.  In fact, life itself is a struggle.  Where do we go to find the help we need?  Read carefully these words from 2 Peter 1:3, "... His divine power has granted to us everything we need for life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence."  In order to overcome the issues of life, we need to know Jesus more and more.  How?  God tells us in 2 Timothy 3:16:  "All Scripure is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."  The Scriptures are our source for overcoming all of life's needs. 

Yes.  The Lord understands and cares about your struggles.  The key is to go to Him and His Word to see you through the issues of life.

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