Today's Devotional Thought
May 24, 2011 by Wendy Foreman
Our High Priest
Jesus is our High Priest. He is the one we can go to when we are weak and He will hear our prayers. He understands our weakness because in his humanness on earth he was faced with many temptations and testings. We can read about them in Matthew 4:1-11.
I’ve been reading a book entitled, If God is So Good Why do I Hurt so Bad, by David Biebel. I think I’ve shared in another devotional how it seems like in my ministry right now I am seeing and hearing from so many hurting people, people who have faced terrible and painful things. They are left with questions like why would God allow this to happen to me? I have to be honest, friends, sometimes I sit there wondering the same thing.
Through reading this book I have been comforted by so many things. I want to talk about one of them today. I want to start with a passage from this book. It says: “I have a Friend, closer than a brother, who understands the path I walk because He has walked it, too. His heart beats with mine. His heart breaks with mine. His hands reach out, through their own pain, to touch my aching soul and let me know that someday it will all become clear, but for now to keep on walking, like He did and like others before me.”
I think we so often forget that Jesus came to this earth and lived as one of us. He was tempted and he was tested. His very purpose in coming was to die for our sins so that we could have eternal life. When Jesus died on the cross (Matthew 27:46) He cried out to His Father and wanted to know why he abandoned him, turned His face away from Him. Do you know why? He did that because in that moment Jesus took on all of our sins and the Father could not look at Him. Do you realize that everything we have ever done was placed on his shoulders that afternoon? He experienced everything you have in your life. So when you want to say that He doesn’t understand or know what it feels like to go through what you went through, that isn’t true. He went through it with you. And friend, the best part is that he was crying with you and hurting with you.
Oh friends, I know that there are things in this life that just don’t make sense and we can sometimes be so quick to blame God. The truth is that Scripture tells us in 1 Peter 5:8 to “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” Satan is unhappy with our decision to live a godly life so he will and does come after us. We need to be on guard and protect ourselves.
We also need to understand that many times our pain and hurt are caused by others. God gave us all free will and as sad as it is, there are people in our lives who have made or will make very poor and hurtful decisions and it changed or will change the course of our lives and possibly take from us things that we will never be able to get back.
I was reminded while reading this book that for those of us who love God and follow Him daily we have someone to go to. Someone we can cry out to and express all of our hurts and anger, bitterness and confusion to. What about all those who face dark days and don’t have someone to turn to or talk to? Someone who can give them hope and a glorious future?
We may not always understand why things happen on this earth and in our lives, but we know that this isn’t all there is and someday we will leave this earth and see Jesus face to face and all will be made clear to us on that day.
I am praying for you today sweet friends. Praying that Jesus will be so close to you as you go about your day. I pray that if you are hurting that you will realize that Jesus is hurting with you, that he is reaching his hand out to you today to help you through whatever you are facing. He loves you so much and we are promised that He will never leave us (Hebrews 13:5).