Today's devotion for today is based on Hebrews 2:18, "Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted."
The early Christian community was struggling to persevere in the face of persecution. Some were considering turning back to Judaism to escape it. Was Jesus really the Messiah for whom they had waited? Why, then, were his people facing persecution and not victory; why had they been left to suffer by themselves?
He reassures them that this is no remote King. He is God but fully human as well. He lived a fully human life, a full human experience. And so, he can identify with those he came to live among and serve through his death and resurrection.
He suffered, he was tempted, and he struggled as he faced death. We might immediately think of his temptation during his 40 days in the desert. The struggles didn't stop when he left the wilderness. It continued until his death. His humanity was real, and he wants to come alongside us in ours.
Are you suffering today? Please find comfort in the knowledge that because Jesus shares our humanity by becoming one of us. He wants to walk with us now and carry us home.
Please pray with me: Lord, I come before you with my struggles, causing me to doubt. I come before you with all the temptations and fears that cause me to doubt. I come before you knowing that you are with me, yet I doubt your presence and promise to be with me so many times. I believe, help me in my unbelief. In your precious name, I pray. Amen.