HE’S BEEN THERE
Read Hebrews 2: 14-18; 4: 14-16
Because [Jesus] himself suffered when
he was tempted, he is able to help
those who are being tempted.
When I was young and did something I shouldn't have,
I knew I was about to get busted when my dad would come
into my room, turn my chair around, and sit backward on it.
One time when the chair came out and I braced for a scolding, Dad said a few words that have stuck with me to this day.
He said, “Son, when you think you’ve found a gutter I haven’t
crawled into, you let me know.” He was telling me two things:
that he had been tempted by the same thing I had succumbed
to, and also that I wasn’t fooling him. Knowing all this was
unnerving, and yet it brought me closer to my father because I
knew he could relate to my life, and that he cared for me.
Unlike my father and me, when faced with temptation
Jesus did not succumb to
it. He was persecuted for
a righteous life, tempted
in the desert, and died in
a most hideous way. Our
Savior understands our
temptation because he too was tempted. Because Jesus loves
us, he reminds us that we aren’t fooling him, and that we
don’t need to remain distant because we think he can’t relate
to us. At those moments, we can remember that Jesus knows,
understands, and cares for us because he’s been there.
Prayer: Dear God of compassion, help us to acknowledge our
sins and seek your love and forgiveness. Amen.
Michael Wolff (Colorado)
Prayer Focus: TO ACCEPT FORGIVENESS
— Hebrews 2: 18 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
Like me, Jesus has been
tempted, and he understands