The readings set down for today are Proverbs 1:20-30 and Hebrews 4:14 – 5:10.
We are reminded in the Hebrews reading that because Jesus is our High Priest, we are able to approach God’s throne with confidence. Having Jesus as High Priest guarantees our welcome by God (verses 14-16), for Jesus, who God appointed to represent us (chapter 5 verses 1-6), is also the source of our salvation (verses 7-10).
Jesus was “tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin” (vs.14-16). We might think that our troubles and temptations are unique to us, but they are not. Each of us are tempted through the same avenues – through relationships with others, through vulnerability to pain, through pressures beyond his or her control etc.
The writer of Hebrews tells us how Jesus has experienced every kind of temptation – every vulnerability of mankind. He felt the pangs of hunger, the pain of rejection, the hostility of crowds and the fear of his coming death.
It is because He knows exactly how painful it is to be a human being, He is able to “sympathise with our weaknesses.”
The next time you are hurting, think about Jesus the man; remember how completely He understands. Then know that you can come confidently to the throne where God dispenses grace, and receive the mercy and help that He is so eager to pour out on you.
Have a great day,