“This High Priest of ours understands weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:15-16
These Scriptures in Hebrews hold so much encouragement, love and humility. They remind us that our High Priest, Jesus, walked through much “testing” while on earth. Although He was God, He was every bit human and can fully understand the trials and temptations of life. He then went on to face the ultimate trial on our behalf, but it doesn’t stop there, because Verse 16 gives us permission to “boldly” go to the “throne of our gracious God” and ask for help. This suggests that God wants us to share our hearts with Him. He wants to be our first port of call so that we can be transformed by His mercy and grace.
I was humbly reminded of this mercy and grace last week, following a struggle that had bothered me for months — one of those struggles that ebbs away at your peace. I needed to pray for an individual who had brought offense. I didn’t love this person the way Jesus did, and my flesh was getting in the way of what the Holy Spirit wanted to release. I had become judgmental and was overlooking the fact that, before I encountered God’s grace and mercy, I too, like this individual, didn’t know any better. Realizing that my attitude had to change, I asked God to meet me in this struggle. Although I had been slow bringing this to God, God wasn’t slow in responding. Within the same day, the conviction of the Holy Spirit came, and I was reminded that we have ALL fallen short of the glory of God, and that Jesus died for the person who had caused me offense as much as He had died for me!
The most incredible aspect in our struggle with sin is that God is so committed that He doesn’t want us to continue walking in it. Because of His mercy and grace, His love doesn’t stop pursuing us until there is victory. When we surrender something that we are wrestling with and when we repent of sin, God releases forgiveness and a grace that can take us by surprise. The process may not be comfortable; however, if we embrace His grace, we find even more love and freedom.
This week, may you encounter the lavish, unfailing love of King Jesus — a love that compelled Him to leave His throne and lay down His glory to come and die for us. May you embrace His amazing grace in your time of need.
Our God Hears,