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Perseverance #6— Sympathetic Grace

We have a high priest who can sympathize with our weaknesses, One who has been tested according to all the things that test us, yet without sinning. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:15–16

In order for us to stay true to our commitment to Christ, we need to remember that he will help us when our faith is tested. To obtain that help we must approach his throne and ask for what we need—independent self-sufficiency is not welcomed in his kingdom. We should feel encouraged to approach him because he knows what we’re going through and sympathizes with us: He felt the frustration of having to wait for justice. He felt the annoyance of being misunderstood, especially when people tried to push him into a role he did not want to assume. He anticipated suffering punishment for our sin and felt the fear of God’s wrath. He experienced all this, yet he never distrusted nor disobeyed his Father. So when we come to him for help because we because we experience difficulty continuing to trust God’s promises to bring about justice at the right time, to reveal the motives of everyone’s heart, or to turn our stumbling blocks into stepping-stones to joy, he will welcome us. He will strengthen our hearts through the ministry of the indwelling Spirit and the fellowship of other believers. He will sympathetically give us the well-timed grace we need.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for going ahead and for turning back to offer me a helping hand. The riches of your grace and the sweetness of your mercy are wonderful and give me hope. Amen.


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