Years ago there was a king who would leave his palace and walk through the streets of his city dressed as though he was one of his subjects. His guards feared for his life and often would try to stop him. Said one, “You must not do silliness for security’s sake!”
“But,” he replied, “I can’t rule my people unless I know them and how they live.”
What a comfort to know that our God knows us and understands us from having lived a human life in and through His Son, Jesus. Whatever we face He has faced and whatever path we travel He has traveled. Jesus learned life’s secrets in the school of experience and can now bring us His encouragement, strength, insight, and guidance.
We often forget that Jesus gained His knowledge of life’s ways because He was here among “us.” And He is now with His Father and remembers what it is like to be lonely and rejected, abandoned and fearful, alone and afraid, weary, and worn out. He understands what it means to be tempted and tried, scorned and rejected, bullied and beaten, and even forsaken by His very own “disciples in training.”
And it is because He passed through all of these experiences that now, in Heaven, He can be touched with our problems, and give us His help, hope, and healing, empathy and understanding, sympathy and strength. Remember, He endured and survived whatever His Father brought into His life, and His Father – our Heavenly Father – will do the same for us!
Prayer: We are grateful, Father, that You know us, understand us, and now intercede for us. This gives us the confidence to hold on to You tightly and never give up. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. Hebrews 4:14-16