One of the biggest lies that we tell ourselves is that no one understands. Even if someone has experienced something similar, we deny the fact that they could possibly know what we are going through. So we get depressed and isolate ourselves, all the while desiring someone to understand, but having no one in our life that truly does. No one that understands our dilemmas, confusions, and questions. But the fact is, this is not true. We do have someone who understands. Jesus.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:15-16).
How amazingly sweet this passage is. To know that Christ truly knows our struggles. That He truly knows where we are tempted to betray him, and fail to recognize His goodness. He knows when we are tempted to doubt His plans. He knows when we fall short. He knows. He knows because He came to this earth as a human. He suffered rejection, mockery, even wrongful death. He knows. He understands. And that in every respect should be good news.
And so because He knows, we can approach Him. We can approach Him as broken and messed up people who fail on a daily basis. We can approach Him, and know that even when are clueless, helpless, and overwhelmed, He has answers to our questions, and solutions to our problems. Now these may not always come immediately, or in the manner that we expect because His wisdom and knowledge is far above our wisdom and knowledge. But we can always expect a result that will bring us more into the image of Christ.
Jesus knows where you are struggling, failing, and doubting today. He not only knows, but He understands. I pray that you would approach His throne today with boldness that He may show you truly that He understands. And that truly He may give you the mercy and grace that you desire.
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