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He Is There For Me

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

Life gets a little crazy sometimes and our path often seems a bit obscure. When that happens, we can often feel as if we are the only person on the planet, and, because of our weaknesses, we begin to think that absolutely nobody cares anymore.

The Hebrew Christians were under fire. They had heard the message of Christ and joined Him in a covenant, that for the most part, they did not adequately understand. Like us, they were born, raised and lived in a disappointing world. Whether we like it or not, we are touched by those who surround us. It may be family, work mates, neighbors, both good and bad, people in the line at the grocery store, but none the less, we are affected by everyone who touches us in some way.

As pure as our hearts may be toward God, people around us often inject us with a syringe of poisonous thinking. Just like in a marriage, everyone has a suitcase full of their own ideas and their own way which they boldly bring into the relationship. Troubled relationships do not come from God, they come from the pack of troubles and ideas both partners bring to the wedding, and then to the blended lives.

The same is true around us. People with their bags full of fear dish up a heaping plate for you and invite you to dinner; and we are strongly influenced by their fear. But, our Jesus is different. He dumps the plate in the trash, wipes it clean and fills it with hope and grace and with the full confidence that we can come, through Him, before the very Throne of God and find grace to help us in a time of need. “He is there for me!”