Reflections: Hebrews 4:15-16

Our Source of Strength: Trouble, Part 4 (and final)

ReflectionsHebrews 4:15-16 (ESV)
15  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
16  Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Over the last several weeks we have discussed the nature of trouble in the life of the believer (and non-believer). We are troubled when we are faithful because the world has a demonic ruler, we are troubled when God wants to refine us to better serve his purpose, we are troubled when we are not faithful and God is providing correction and we are trouble when we do not confess God because he is jealous for us and we do not pay attention. Yet through all these trials there is never a time when God asks us to handle the struggle on our own, there is never a time when we are abandoned. In fact, as the famous poem Footprints in the Sand reminds us, it is when we are struggling the most that Jesus is the most present to carry us through our circumstances. That is where our focus verse for today comes in.

In an almost surprising twist, the author of Hebrews reminds us that it is only because Christ suffered and was tempted that he is able to sympathize with our weakness and our frailty. Yet, though he suffered he overcame! That is why we as believers are called to the throne of grace as our source of strength because there is one who sits on it who suffered as you do now and conquered it. Not only did he conquer it, but he bestowed that conquering Spirit to you upon your good confession that you too can do that same. Do not permit yourself to be defeated by the trials of life, for that is the lie of the enemy. Instead, cling to your savior and rely on the strength that defeated sin and death to get you through each moment, no matter how hard it may seem.

Prayer: Father, thank you for the Spirit of comfort and strength that you give to me. Thank you for making me your child. Lord, when I think I am defeated remind me to turn to you and to fix my eyes on your glory. Amen!