Friday, January 12 – Hebrews 4:14-16
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let’s hold firmly to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things just as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let’s approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace for help at the time of our need.
Many of us have someone in our lives who has been there when we needed him or her most. That person is special to us because when we were at our place of vulnerability, he or she came to our place of trouble and helped us through it. If we have seen this earthly example with people, how much more special is this treasure we have in Christ? He came to earth and lived a life of humility and died on the cross so that we could have our greatest need met: our need to be made right with God. Then He rose on the third day to show His victory over sin and death so that we could share in that victory with Him. Jesus is always that one Person who has been there when we needed it the most. The question is, do we look to Him? Do we depend on Him?
Sometimes when we experience a frustrating moment, it is easier to get mad at God, blaming Him for our circumstances rather than running to Him for help. When we feel like we have messed up, we want to hide our sin instead of approaching the throne of grace. Without Him, our biggest need can never be met. Our greatest desire will never be filled apart from Him. But praise God—not only can we run to One who can fill our greatest need and desire, but we can also run to One who knows where we have been and understands our struggle. He doesn’t hold our sin over us to guilt us back to Him. He doesn’t use shame to manipulate us to make us run to Him. He simply comes to us where we are in our need, extends His arms, and says “I know how you feel. I understand where you have been. Let me take care of this for you.”
- When have you recently had a moment of great need? What or who did you turn to?
- How often do you run to the throne of grace? What is difficult about running to God?
- Pray and praise God for not only meeting our greatest need but sympathizing with our sins so that we can approach His throne of grace with confidence.