Finding Help in Jesus

Hebrews 4:15-16
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

What is it, exactly, that we’re struggling with just now?  What temptation is knocking on our door and threatening to take us away?  What desire are we tempted to fulfill outside of God’s will for us?  What certain thing is our self-will prodding us to pursue?  What inner weakness has seemingly gained control?  If we’ve named some specific thing, then let us bring that and lay it at the feet of our Lord.  Let us tell Him every detail of our struggle, what we fear in it, and how our flesh is pulling us in that wrong direction.  Let us admit our own weakness and find His mercy sufficient.  Let us tell Him of our need and find that grace is available to help us.

Why would we tremble and fear instead of being bold?  May we understand God’s promises and accept them, no matter the worth we place on ourselves, because they are given by His grace, accomplished through His righteousness, and have very little to do with us at all.  We accept the gift of salvation through grace, so let us also accept His other promises through that same grace.  Let us stop hiding under our weakness and come boldly to the throne of grace.  Let us seek Him as our sole source and depend on His help, for He desires to give it.

Can we picture our Lord there on His throne of grace, the faithful Son of God unique in His understanding of exactly what we are dealing with, able to sympathize with the kinds of struggles we face?  But there is so much more to Him, because He remained sinless through every temptation, and no matter how hard we would ever try, we could never be sinless ourselves.  And with that realization in mind, we must go to Jesus, for no one else could ever help us in the way we need it most.  He is our great High Priest, one who has spiritual authority in our lives and the one who we should bring everything to.

We do not need to fear or hesitate.  There is no threat of rebuke, just the freedom to bow before our Lord.  He knows exactly what we are dealing with and how it feels to deal with such a thing.  So if we would just bow before Him, we’ll find that there is always mercy and grace at the feet of Jesus.  Let’s go to the sinless one and seek His strength to overcome what threatens to overcome us.  Let’s rely on Him to be our help in any struggle.

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