“Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.”
Hebrews 2:17-18 NKJV
One of us
When I consider God, I find few words to describe His majesty and power. He is beyond my imagination. When I dare consider the Incarnation, I am overwhelmed. The idea that the God of the Universe would come to His creation in humble human flesh and live as one of us is way beyond my understanding. There are days when I don’t like being human. But yet, God came down.
Life is often a struggle as flesh and emotion, collide causing constant turmoil, making life difficult. In these perilous times, I am like everyone else, I am feeling stress, pressure, and depression as I sense the world I live in spiraling out of control. I made the mistake of watching the debate on Tuesday night. It revealed to me the depth of the division in our country, and reminded me that the end of this glorious nation is near. I won’t be watching any more debates.
Many of us seek alleviation of the emotional pain by resorting to things that temporarily divert our attention. All too often these things are sin, and lead to even more turmoil. I have read of many people using drugs, and alcohol and even food to deal with the stress. In addition to all the other things we deal with, there is also addiction, guilt and shame added to the mix.
Many of the people I am praying for are struggling, as the pressures of these times are bearing down on them. It feels like there is no escape. Be reminded, my people. Jesus has overcome the world.
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.””
John 16:33 NKJV
I awoke this morning needing the passage I read in Hebrews. It reminded me that Jesus came to earth to be our merciful and faithful High Priest, One made like us, to experience the stresses we face, to be tempted just as we are. Because He is sinless, we have an escape from sin through Him. In His death on the cross, He took our sin, and removed the penalty of death. In His resurrection, He gave us the power to turn away from the draw of temptation, and live in righteousness.
He also demonstrated some of the things we need to do to cope. Frequently Jesus got away alone to pray and commune with the Father. I am finding that silence is golden. Often I spend time just sitting quietly. I have time to reflect of the Lord and what He has done for me.
I am reminded that God knows what I am going through, that I am but dust. In my darkest moments, I am reminded that He was one of us, that He walked through life like I do, and knows that I am weak. In my weakness, I know that my strength comes from Him. We are living in tough, unprecedented times. I am thankful that none of the things we are enduring have caught God by surprise. He knows the end from the beginning, and will carry us to the end. He is our Rock.
“I will love You, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalms 18:1-2 NKJV
He is my strength today.
I sense that the coming weeks will be difficult. Those of us who call upon the name of the Lord, must be about the Father’s business. It is time to pray, time to worship and time to share the Good News like it is the last chance we have to do it. The hope of the nation is only in God. We are a deeply divided nation, and human solutions will fail.
Brothers and sisters, be reminded that we have hope in Jesus, the High Priest who is praying for us, we have the Holy Spirit who also prays for us, and we are not abandoned. Seek the Lord early today, and be reminded that our High Priest, Jesus is in control!
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