This week concludes our study in the Foundations series, where we have examined how our foundation of faith has impacted the details of our living. Next week, we will begin several weeks of stand-alone messages, along with daily devotionals, so be sure to check back daily. If these devotionals have had an impact on you, we would love for you to share them with your friends.
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us, therefore, come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16
“God understands,” sounds ridiculous. Don’t belittle my struggles by telling me God understands. Especially in times like these. The problems continue to stack up, the list of things to fix gets longer. Maybe for you, your list may include temptation, loneliness, sickness, a broken heart, stress, financial woes, family distress, or grief.
God feels distant, even absent. We reach out to others for comfort, assurance and advice, the words of well-meaning friends. Yet, it still feels as though the person never really understood what you were facing. Their response was so empty and meaningless that it may have added to your problems.
But God does understand, because He faced the struggle behind your struggle, He fought the battle behind your battle. Jesus’ battles and our battles are in different realms. Without relationship to Him, we will always feel He doesn’t understand.
Jesus was lead into the wilderness, into the resting ground of the devil. Jesus felt, faced and fought all the enemy had and, in the battle did not grow weary. He retained His heart, in God, in His work, in our life, to shift our point of view away from the content of our inner life and to give us the value of knowing Him.
He is One who completely understands and is deeply moved emotionally, to the point that He actually understands your pain. Know that the Lord has experienced each and every aspect of the pains that you suffer. He understands! He takes those needs before your heavenly Father and intercedes on your behalf. He is your High Priest.
Dear Father, I am comforted by the fact that I am not alone in my pain and suffering. I’m choosing to lean on all You have placed inside of me.