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He Understands

Hebrews 4:15 tells us that God sympathizes with our weaknesses because He was tempted in every way we are tempted, yet He was without sin. So many times when we are hurt, facing temptation, or going through difficult times, we feel as though God does not understand. We tend to see Him sitting on His throne, not being moved by our pain, just being insensitive to our needs.

God feels our pain. Every temptation that you can think of, God has experienced in the body of Jesus. Jesus was 100% man yet 100% God; so being man, he knew what it is like to have human passions and emotions. So many people today are hurting, whether it is from an ended relationship, something that happened in their childhood, the loss of a loved one, etc. Understand that Jesus experienced all of that.

The Bible even states that Jesus wept (John 11:35). It is okay to cry. It is okay to feel human passions, but do not let those emotions and feelings take control over you.

Jesus did not let His fear of the cross and the anguish He felt keep Him from dying for you and me. Do not give up on your God-given purpose in life because of misfortune, past hurt, current hurt, mistakes made, etc. God knew everything that would happen to you and every sin you would commit before you were even born, and that did not stop Him from creating you with purpose. And, my Friend, that does not stop Him from loving you, because He understands and nothing can separate you from the love of God (Romans 8:39). His arms are still opened wide for you, and you have constant access to His throne.

So because you know He understands and loves you unconditionally, you can draw near to His throne of grace and receive mercy and grace in your time of need (Hebrews 4:16). Do not give up. Do not think God has given up on you. Do not give up on your purpose. When you are feeling down and the pain is getting unbearable, go to God’s throne of grace in prayer with boldness and confidence, knowing that He hears you, He understands, He loves you, and His plan for you has not changed.

 “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. 16 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

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