“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. 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 2:14-18 NKJV
God with us
There can be times when it feels as if the Lord is far away, as if He is completely disconnected from our suffering. We humans have the tendency to become engulfed in the here and now and unable to perceive the things going on around us. We forget the omniscience of our Creator, and the reality that He once walked this earth with us.
Working my way through Hebrews, this morning, and happened on chapter two, where I paused at the passage that talked about Jesus and His suffering, His temptation and how He had to go through all of that because He was our High Priest, merciful and faithful. Unlike the priests of old, He had no sin, equipping Him perfectly to dealing with the things of God, and ultimately, being our propitiation. He paid for our sins in our place.
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
II Corinthians 5:21 NKJV
He paid it all, and we reaped the benefit of salvation, being justified and destined for eternity in Heaven. In considering all of this, I cannot forget His suffering. There is nothing I can go though that is unknown or foreign to my Savior. He endured the same, if not greater pains than I have, and also endured every temptation known to man, yet did not sin.
“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 NKJV
God has even the born again follower of Christ the Holy Spirit, the Helper, who assists us in doing what we ought to do, and gives us the strength to persevere even when it seems impossible. I have learned to rest in the storm, to rest in the Lord when everything seems out of control.
Brothers and sisters, fellow sufferers, be reminded that we have a God that is with us, walking through the storms of life, having endured suffering, having paid a sin debt that was not His, and is now at the right hand of the Father, interceding on our behalf.
We are not alone!
In the time of trouble, case striving, and be humble, acknowledging the power of God, and the reality that only He can have an impact on the things affecting your life. As we face another day, let us cast our cares on the Lord, who we know cares for us, and is sovereign over all we may encountered. Remember that He is always faithful.
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
I Peter 5:6-7 NKJV
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