Sympathize

15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need. (Hebrews 4:!5-16 CSB)

It is easy to feel like we are going through our most difficult times alone. That no one knows and maybe no one cares that we are hurting, that we are tempted or that we just need someone to listen.

But we have a savior who has come to earth and experienced all of the same feelings we experience. He can sympathize with our weakness and temptation. He did not sin, but he died to save us from our sin.

So when you are feeling most alone and misunderstood, know there is one who is there and understands.

Stand

8 he will destroy death forever.
The Lord God will wipe away the tears
from every face
and remove his people’s disgrace
from the whole earth,
for the Lord has spoken. (Isaiah 25:8 CSB)

There will come a time when the Lord returns and takes away all our pain, all our want, all of our distress. Until then we live in a state of grace.

While we wait for this time we will experience difficulties in this world. Even while living under grace we are still living in a fallen world. A world controlled in great extent by the enemy.

Thus, while we are here we must fight the good fight and run the race. We will have times when we are exhausted and times when we fail. But grace is ever there to stand in the gap between our sinful state and God’s plan.

We must simply stand.

 

Darkness

6 If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” and yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth. 7 If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:5-6 CSB)

No one enjoyed stumbling around in the dakenss. We fumble for light switches when we enter a dark room. Look to open shades to let light in. Carry flashlights or candles when the power goes out.

So if we like the light so much, why do we stumble around in the darkness in our lives? We know what we should do. We have scripture that points the way. The Spirit to provide guidance.

And yet, we find ourselves seeking the darkness.

This is our nature but this is not who we were made to be.

This is the enemy working in a fallen world, but we can choose to walk in the light, fellowship with others, and seek the blood of Christ to cleanse us.

The darkness does not have to have power over us.

I Will Remain

25 Since I am persuaded of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, (Philippians 1:25 CSB)

We are, sometimes, put in places and situations not for ourselves but for the benefit of others.

This can be most uncomfortable. To be somewhere or to be experiencing something that we would rather not experience. However, it works to God’s plan to remain and to be His light and possibly guide to others.

Paul at this point in scripture was inprisoned for his faith. And while he hoped to go home to be with God (his life was often threatened for what he was preaching), he was prepared to stay and fulfill God’s plan for his life.

Even when the situation is not of our liking we may be doing great things for God.

Blind Leading the Blind

39 He also told them a parable: “Can the blind guide the blind? Won’t they both fall into a pit? Luke 6:39 CSB)

This is an oft used term that is, on the surface, pretty self-evident.

However, if we look beyond the obvious meaning we can see that the underlying thought was this; we cannot expect to be different if we continually do the same thing. We cannot change who we are without changing who we are following.

The key word in the verse is “guide”. If we are not choosing a positive guide in our lives then we are being lead by the blind. We are falling into the same pits they fall into.

When we choose a life of faith we chose a new path and we are given a new guide. One who will never leave nor fail us.

 

Life is the Way to Truth

6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 CSB)

What is the way? Well, the way is a direction, a path toward a destination. The destination is fixed and we are given the opportunity to choose the right way to that destination or wander around until we find the way.

What is the truth? The world will tell you that there are as many truths as there are people. But is this truth? There is really one truth.

What is life? Well, we may all have a definition for this one, but when we come to faith, there is but one life. And that one way leads us to the way, which is the truth.

Fulfilling Life

25 The one who loves his life will lose it, and the one who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. (John 12:25 CSB)

Do you enjoy life? Do you live it to the fullest?

Do you get by? Are you just surviving?

There is a lot to love about life and the living of it. There is much to say about just being able to get by at times. But when we cling so tightly to life are we really looking beyond the current feelings of joy or comfort or distress? Are we considering the bigger picture beyond ourselves? Or are we just living to satisfy our needs?

When we live beyond ourselves, live for a higher purpose; this, this is what gives real purpose to a fulfilling life.